Law change will see learner drivers on motorways

Law change could lead to a smarter generation of motorway users as learner drivers get their first taste of motorway driving

Highways England is predicting a smarter generation of motorway road users following a law change allowing learner drivers about to take their driving test to get their first experience of motorway driving.

From June 2018, learners will be allowed to drive on motorways with an approved driving instructor (ADI) using a dual controlled car displaying L plates.

It will allow ADI’s to teach learners about the specific set of skills associated with using the motorway safely in a practical situation.

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

Head of Road Safety at Highways England, Richard Leonard, said: “Safety is our number one priority and we welcome today’s change which will help equip learner drivers to drive safely on motorways when they have passed their test.

“We look forward to supporting the motorway drivers of tomorrow as they develop these new driving skills and get invaluable practical knowledge and experience using motorways.”

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) Chief Executive, Gareth Llewellyn, said: “By allowing learners to have lessons on motorways, we are modernising driver training and making sure learners get the skills and experience they need to drive on fast, busy roads.”

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