Learner drivers will be allowed to have lessons on motorways from 2018
Learner drivers across the UK will soon be able to have lessons on motorways.
From 2018, a learner driver will be able to have lessons on motorways with an approved driving instructor in a dual control car. At the moment provisional licence holders cannot use the motorway.
For most new drivers, their first time on a motorway and driving at the upper speed limit of 70 miles per hour takes place without an instructor to accompany them. “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,” said Transport Secretary Chris Grayling.
“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.”
Both the RAC motoring body and the DVSA, who set the driving tests, have both welcomed this change in the law.
For now, there are no plans to include motorway driving as part of the basic driving test – but the Department for Transport told Sky News that this is under review.