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Learner Drivers Set To Start Motorway Lessons Under New Rules

Learner Drivers Set To Start Motorway Lessons Under New Rules”

In news that will likely make many a driver scream, the Transport Secretary has announced that learners will be allowed to take lessons on the motorway for the first time ever.

As of 2018, motorways in England, Scotland and Wales will be open to learners provided they are sat next to an approved instructor and in a dual control auto. So it's not like learners are going to head onto the motorway on their 17th birthday with mum or dad in tow.

"Rather than allowing learner drivers on the motorway, there should instead be a requirement for all newly qualified drivers to receive mandatory lessons, including on the motorway, once they've passed their test".

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

Announcing the initial consultation, Andrew Jones, Road Safety Minister said: The proposal...will enable novice drivers to experience the broadest possible range of driving experiences in a supportive environment, helping them to be better, safer, independent drivers.

The response was positive, with the Approved Driving Instructors National Joint Council saying it had "been part of a campaign for this change for many years".

British School of Motoring development boss Jasmine Halstead commented: "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". Though why they don't is beyond me, since most insurance companies offer a discount if you complete it.

Driving on the motorway is not part of the test and is optional for learner drivers who may wish to gain more experience on the country's fatest roads.

"Giving learners the option to gain valuable experience on our fastest and busiest roads should further improve safety and enhance theconfidence of new drivers", he said. "Right now we have a system where people, while learning, are not allowed to get experience on a motorway", he said.

The Department for Transport (DfT) said the move is aimed at improving road safety. This means the first experience of motorway driving for many is as a new driver without the guidance of a driving instructor or the safety of a dual control auto.

"There should also be better access to affordable public transport so fewer young people see starting driving in their teens as a necessity".

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