NI 59 - Learner drivers will be allowed to take lessons on motorways from Monday 4 June 2018, the DVSA has confirmed

Post date: 02-Mar-2018 12:02:32

Learner drivers will be given access to motorways from 4 June 2018, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has confirmed today.

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1. Learners need to be accompanied by a trained instructor and drive a car with dual controls

2. The rule will affect learners in England, Scotland and Wales

3. Despite being allowed to learn on them there are still no plans to include motorway driving in the test itself

Learners under the supervision of a trained instructor will be allowed to take lessons on motorways, and the date on which this will be permitted was finally confirmed today. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said the decision would help those with a provisional licence to 'develop a practical understanding of how to use motorways safely before driving independently'.

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Motorway day for learners confirmed: Drivers with provisional licences will be allowed to practice on motorways - under the guidance of a qualified driving instructor - from Monday 4 June, the DVSA has confirmed. As of Monday 4 June, learners in England, Scotland and Wales will be granted access to the fastest-moving roads the countries have to offer.

Under current restrictions, those with provisional licences can only have lessons after they’ve passed their test via voluntary Pass Plus schemes to help build their confidence on multi-lane highways.

But the new rule - confirmed in August last year - will mean any driver displaying L-plates who is accompanied by an approved instructor and driving a car fitted with dual controls can legally enter a motorway in a little over three months' time.

Our group can say that RoSPA obviously supports safer driving, all driver training that improves standards and everybody's safety be it on the road or surrounding pedestrian area. Let us hope this process is carried out well and safely in a professional manner that causes no severe or traumatic incidents. With the speed of motorways (70mph plus) and the law breaking, bad to selfish dangerous drivers we have all experienced here a learner driver is in very significantly increased danger from those around them should they sadly encounter any stupidity from other drivers who should know better that could faze them. With only a good properly qualified tutor enforced to carry this duty out all will hopefully end well having new drivers better prepared to engage safely on motorways as they build-up their experience up to handle all the situations that can arise, of which not all is pleasant. Good luck to all new drivers with your lessons and exams.

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