High-speed learner drivers to be allowed on motorways

Claudine Rigal
Août 13, 2017

"What we're going to be doing in future is now having training for young people, learner drivers, on motorways in controlled conditions with an experienced instructor".

Spokesman Jason Wakeford said: 'Rather than allowing learner drivers on the motorway, there should instead be a requirement for all newly qualified drivers to receive mandatory lessons, including on the motorway, once they have passed their test'.

From next year, a change to the law will allow learners to drive on motorways, but only with a qualified driving instructor in a dual-control vehicle, said the transport secretary, Chris Grayling.

But road safety charity Brake claimed the move did not go far enough.

The changes will apply to England, Wales and Scotland.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: '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.

The change will allow people who had not yet passed their test to drive on Britain's motorways with an approved instructor.

At the end of previous year the DfT launched a formal consultation on changing the law, asking whether the change should happen and, if so, how it could be best implemented. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents also backed it, subject to safeguards of the sort outlined by Grayling.

Learner drivers are being allowed to use motorways for the first time as part of an attempt to improve road safety that includes a radical change to the driving test.

"Giving learners the option to gain valuable experience on our fastest and busiest roads should further improve safety and enhance theconfidence of new drivers", he said.

Jasmine Halstead, head of learning and development for British School of Motoring, said the move would help stop motorists driving "incorrectly" on motorways.

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