Competent learners to be allowed on motorways

Learner drivers will be allowed to have driving lessons on motorways with a driving instructor, under new plans set out by Transport Minister Andrew Jones.

At the moment, you can only have lessons on motorways after you’ve passed your test, although some newly-qualified drivers take lessons through the voluntary Pass Plus scheme.

According to the plans, learners would need to be accompanied by an approved instructor and be driving a car with dual controls. Any motorway lessons would be voluntary, and it would be up to the instructor to decide when the learner driver was competent enough for a motorway lesson. However until there is a change to the law, it’s still illegal for a learner to drive on the motorway.

“We have some of the safest roads in the world and we want to make them even safer,” Andrew Jones said. “These changes will equip learners with a wider range of experience and greater skill set, which will improve safety levels.”

RAC Foundation Director Steve Gooding added: “Casualty statistics tell us that motorways are our safest roads, but they can feel anything but safe to a newly qualified driver. Many are so intimidated by the motorway environment that they choose instead to use statistically more dangerous roads, so we welcome this move which will help new drivers get the training they need to use motorways safely.”