From Monday 4th of June 2018, learner drivers will be able to take driving lessons on the motorway in England, Scotland and also Wales.
This will make sure more drivers know how to use motorways safely and correctly.
Presently, you can only have motorway lessons after you have successfully passed your test. Some newly-qualified drivers take lessons through a scheme called the voluntary Pass Plus.
How the change will work
Learner drivers will need to be:
- Accompanied by an driving instructor that is fully approved.
- Dual controls fitted to the vehicle.
- Any motorways lessons will be on a voluntary basis. It will be the driving instructors decision when the learner driver is competent enough for them.
- Until the law changes, it’s illegal for a learner driver to drive on a motorway.
- The change only applies to learner drivers of cars. Learner motorcyclists won’t be allowed on motorways.
- Trainee driving instructors won’t be allowed to take learner drivers on the motorway.
- Motorway driving isn’t being introduced to the driving test as part of this change.
- Making sure road users are ready for the change
The change is being well-publicised so that:
- Driving instructors and learner drivers are prepared.
- Other road users know what to expect.
- The Highway Code rules on motorways will be updated.
- Driving near learner drivers on the motorway.
- As with any vehicle on the motorway, keep a safe distance from a learner driver. Increase the gap on foggy, wet or icy roads.
- You should always be patient with new learner drivers. They may not be as skilful at anticipating and responding to events.
- Driving instructors can decide if they want to use a driving school rooftop box during motorway lessons, based on its instructions.
- The car will need to display L plates on the front and rear if the rooftop box is removed.
More than 27% of drivers said they were scared when they first ventured on to motorways, according to an AA survey of 20,000 motorists, but it is hoped the change will give new drivers the confidence they need and improve their overall safety.
Road safety minister Jesse Norman said: “Britain’s roads are among the safest in the world, but road collisions remain the second biggest killer of young people.
“Allowing learner drivers to have motorway lessons with a qualified road safety expert will help more young drivers to gain the skills and experience they need to drive safely on motorways.”
The RAC and the AA have both welcomed the change.
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