Motorway lessons for learner drivers confirmed for 2018
Date posted: 13th August 2017
Learner drivers in England, Wales and Scotland will be allowed to have lessons on the motorway as of Monday 4th June 2018, the government has announced.
The Department for Transport (DfT) said lessons would be in a dual-control car with an approved driving instructor.
Currently only those who have passed their test can drive on a motorway, but in 2015 the DfT said it would consider a law change.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said the lessons would make UK roads safer.
He said: "Allowing learners to drive on motorways in a supportive environment will help them develop a practical understanding of how to use motorways safely before driving independently."
The RAC's safety spokesman Pete Williams backed the changes, which ministers have been consulting on this year.
He said: "While motorways are statistically our safest roads, it can be daunting using them for the first time after passing the driving test."
Mr Williams said drivers the RAC had surveyed were "overwhelmingly supportive" of motorway lessons.
AA president Edmund King said a lack of motorway experience was the "Achilles heel" of learner drivers.
"Almost half of motorists know friends or family who avoid driving on motorways."
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