Learner drivers will soon be able to take driving lessons on motorways in England, Scotland and Wales.
The changes are being made to help make sure more drivers know how to use motorways safely and come into effect on Monday 4th June 2018.
Drivers must be driving a vehicle fitted with dual controls and accompanied by an approved driving instructor.
At the moment, you can only have motorway lessons after you’ve passed your driving test. Some newly-qualified drivers choose to take lessons through the voluntary Pass Plus scheme.
Any motorways lessons will be voluntary and it will be up to the driving instructor to decide when the learner driver is competent enough for them. There are currently no plans to make motorway driving part of the driving test.
The change only applies to learner drivers of cars. Learner motorcyclists won’t be allowed on motorways.
Trainee driving instructors won’t be allowed to take learner drivers on the motorway.
Driving instructors can decide if they want to use a driving school rooftop box during motorway lessons, however if the box is removed L plates will need to be displayed on front and rear.
You should always be patient with learner drivers and as with any vehicle on the motorway, keep a safe distance from a learner driver in front of you. Increase the gap on wet or icy roads, or in fog. Remember they may not be as skillful as you.
Until the law changes, it’s still illegal for a learner driver to drive on a motorway.
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