Learner drivers to be allowed on motorways from 2018

Learner drivers to be allowed on motorways from 2018

The Government has approved plans to allow learners to practice on motorways in a dual controlled car and with an instructor


Transport Secretary Chris Grayling confirmed the law change which allows learners on motorways with an approved driving instructor in a dual-control car.


Grayling stated that the DfT previously consulted learner drivers and instructors on the move, receiving wide support to allow teaching on motorways. Younger and more inexperienced drivers were identified to be around five to seven times more likely to be killed or seriously injured compared to those over the age of 25. 

"The UK has some of safest roads in the world and we want to make them even safer", said Grayling.


"Younger drivers are up to seven times more likely to be killed or seriously injured compared with drivers over twenty-five and lack of experience is an important factor.


"Allowing learners to drive on motorways in a supportive environment will help them develop a practical understanding of how to use motorways safely before driving independently."


RAC safety spokesman Pete Williams welcomed the news, and said: “While motorways are statistically our safest roads, it can be daunting using them for the first time after passing the driving test. Giving learners the option to gain valuable experience on our fastest and busiest roads should further improve safety and enhance the confidence of new drivers."


British School of Motoring development boss Jasmine Halstead added: “If learners aren’t allowed to practise on motorways under supervision then some will avoid motorways, and others will use motorways incorrectly when they have passed their test.”


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