Learner Drivers Set To Start Motorway Lessons Under New Rules

Learner drivers. A reputation that most of us have to bare at some point in our lives, but one we'd rather shake off sooner rather than later.

However, once we get that freedom, we can't wait to just edge above the speed limit (only just, mind) and bask in our own independence.

Sadly, though, figures show that younger drivers are seven times more likely to be killed or seriously injured compared to those aged 25 or older.

So, to combat this, the government is thinking of allowing learners, many aged 17, to drive on motorways - something that has previously been restricted until you have passed.

The Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, said: "The UK has some of the safest roads in the world and we want to make them even safer.

"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."

Credit: PA

It's a move that is supported by the RAC safety spokesman, Pete Williams, and head of learning and development for the British School of Motoring, Jasmine Halstead.

Williams 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."

While Jasmine added: "If learners aren't allowed to practise on motorways under supervision then some will avoid motorways, and others will use motorways incorrectly when they have passed their test.

"Hence it is great news for road safety that learners will be able to drive on motorways under supervision."

Credit: PA

Currently, for those who wish to have support on their opening ventures as a fully qualified driver, the Pass Plus scheme allows new drivers to have instruction from their instructors.

The additional, and optional, scheme, sees drivers learn six modules, over six hours (with approximately five-and-a-half hours driving) including: driving in towns, in all weathers, on rural roads, at night, on dual carriageways and on motorways.

The new move should come into play from 2018, with other changes coming in towards the backend of 2017.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) recently announced that there would be changes to the practical test at the end of the year.

They kindly released a video to go with it too.

Credit: DVSA

There is a full range of 'show me, tell me' questions that will now be asked. You can find out about them here.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Michael Minay

Mike Minay is a trending journalist at LADbible. He’s co-ordinated interviews with some of the big names from the world of news and sport including ITV’s Robert Peston, Sky Sports’ Jeff Stelling and darts champion Michael van Gerwen. His reporting days began on University radio in Birmingham, before moving to BBC Sport Online – creating content for large events such as Wimbledon and the FA Cup final. Mike still commentates on Football League matches at the weekend. A Manchester LAD at heart.

Next Up

arrow-down arrow-left arrow-right arrow-up camera clock close comment cursor email facebook-messenger facebook Instagram link new-window phone play share snapchat submit twitter vine whatsapp logoInline safari-pinned-tab Created by potrace 1.11, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2013