( PR4US.com | Press Release | 2017-01-02 19:10:45 )
Learner drivers allowed on motorways
Learner drivers will be allowed to have driving lessons on motorways with a driving instructor in a car fitted with dual controls.
Learner drivers will be able to take driving lessons on motorways before passing their driving test under new plans set out by Transport Minister Andrew Jones.
At the moment, you can only have driving lessons on motorways after you’ve passed your driving test. Some newly-qualified drivers take lessons through the voluntary Pass Plus scheme.
Voluntary motorway lessons with a qualified instructor
Under the new plans, learner drivers would need to be:
accompanied by an approved driving instructor
driving a car fitted with dual controls
Any motorways lessons would be voluntary. It would be up to the driving instructor to decide when the learner driver is competent enough to have a motorway lesson.
Any change to the law would be well-publicised before coming into effect. Until then, it’s still illegal for a learner driver to drive on a motorway.
Driving instructor training and vehicles
The Department for Transport is also asking for views on whether:
the current driving instructor training and testing system gives instructors the skills they need to provide motorway lessons to learner drivers
specially-adapted vehicles must be fitted with dual controls if they’re used for motorway lessons
L plate roofboxes on cars must be removed before a motorway lesson
Have your say on the proposals by 17 February 2017.
Better prepared for a lifetime of safe driving
Allowing learner drivers to have lessons on motorways will help to make sure more drivers know how to use motorways safely.
The changes will allow learner drivers to:
get broader driving experience before taking their driving test
get training on how to join and leave the motorway, overtake and use lanes correctly
practice driving at higher speeds
put their theoretical knowledge into practice
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