Learner drivers now allowed on motorway with approved instructor

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Learner drivers are now permitted to take lessons on the motorway under supervision of an approved driving instructor.

The changes that came into effect today (Monday 4th June) have been made to help make sure more drivers know how to use motorways safely.

A survey conducted by SWD Media found that of 965 respondents 78.9% (761) supported the changes and 21.1% (204) were against.

Rule 253 of The Highway Code has been updated to make it clear that learner drivers can now drive on the motorway with an approved driving instructor in a car with dual controls.

Previously you could 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.

Today’s change only applies to learner drivers of cars. Learner motorcyclists are still not 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 must 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.

Please remember they may not be as skillful as you.