On the 13 August, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling announced that learner drivers will be able to have motorway lessons in order to improve road safety.
The change in legislation will come into force from 2018 and will allow learner drivers access to the motorway network providing they have a registered driving instructor in a dual control car accompanying them.
The report said ‘Currently learners cannot drive on a motorway until after they have passed their test. This means the first experience of motorway driving for many is as a new driver without the guidance of a driving instructor or the safety of a dual control car’.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “The UK has some of safest roads in the world and we want to make them even safer. Younger drivers are up to 7 times more likely to be killed or seriously injured compared with drivers over twenty-five and lack of experience is an important factor. Improving road safety is a priority for this government, and allowing learners on motorways with an approved instructor will better protect young drivers and other motorway users. It will ensure the current generation of adults about to start their driving career have the best possible introduction to what should be a lifetime of safe driving”.
The move has been welcomed by the RAC and registered driving instructors following a consultation earlier this year. The Department of Transport said “While motorways are statistically our safest roads, it can be daunting using them for the first time after passing the driving test. Giving learners the option to gain valuable experience on our fastest and busiest roads should further improve safety and enhance the confidence of new drivers”.
For more information go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/green-light-for-driving-lessons-on-motorways