Learner drivers to be allowed motorway lessons

13 Août, 2017, 09:35 | Author: Claudine Rigal
  • It is hoped giving drivers more experience before they pass their test

But learner drivers will finally be allowed to have lessons on motorways in a matter of months after a change in the road rules.

"What we're going to be doing in future is now having training for young people, learner drivers, on motorways in controlled conditions with an experienced instructor".

Post-test motorway courses are available to teach the specific skills needed for driving on them, but government research found that only a very small percentage of new drivers were taking these.

From next year, learners will be able to drive on motorways with an approved driving instructor in a dual-control vehicle.

But road safety charity Brake warned that the new measure does not go far enough to improve driving standards, saying that instead newly-qualified drivers should be required to take additional motorway lessons.

It will apply only to cars, not to motorbikes, and only in England, Wales and Scotland.

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Learners are now not allowed on motorways until they have passed their test.

The change will allow people who had not yet passed their test to drive on Britain's motorways with an approved instructor.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: 'Younger drivers are up to seven times more likely to be killed or seriously injured compared with drivers over 25, and lack of experience is an important factor.

The move has also been backed by major motoring organisations.

Learner drivers are being allowed to use motorways for the first time as part of an attempt to improve road safety that includes a radical change to the driving test.

'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'.

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