Learner drivers could soon be able to take lessons on motorways before passing their 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.
Under the new plans, learner drivers would need to be accompanied by an approved driving instructor and driving a car fitted with dual controls.
Any motorways lessons would be voluntary and 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.
A statement from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) said: “We welcome these plans. Anything that will provide young drivers with more realistic training to prepare them for when they become independent drivers is good. Driving under the supervision of an ADI (approved driving instructor) and practising entry and exit from slip roads and overtaking will be good experience for learner drivers.
“We would also be in favour of measures that included a minimum number of hours of training.
“At the moment, research finds that young drivers who do not undertake post-test training, which is the majority of them, feel daunted by the prospect of going on to a motorway for the first time.
“This means that some may refrain from using motorways, which are the safest roads in the country, and instead use roads that are not as safe.”
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