Learner drivers will be allowed driving lessons on the motorway before passing their test, in new rules introduced today. The changes will apply across England, Wales and Scotland.
Under the new rules, learners can take motorway driving lessons in a dual-controlled car with an approved driving instructor. Motorway driving lessons were previously only available to drivers once they had passed their practical test and received a full driving licence.
The new motorway lessons are currently voluntary, and motorway driving will not be included as a part of the driving test.
While it is at the driving instructors’ discretion as to whether the learner driver is competent enough for motorway lessons, it’s recommended that learners are ‘test ready’ and are competent in all other aspects of driving before taking motorway lessons.
Focus on safety
The government said the new rules will help to make sure more drivers know how to use motorways safely.
Richard Leonard, head of road safety at Highways England, said “We want all drivers on our motorways to be as safe as possible. We’re looking forward to helping the motorway drivers of tomorrow to develop new skills and get invaluable practical knowledge and experience of using motorways thanks to this law change.”
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