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Learner drivers to get motorway lessons from next year

Learner drivers will be able to take lessons on the motorway as of next year, in a move aimed at curbing accident rates for younger motorists.

Learner Driver

Learners are currently not allowed to use motorways.

Currently, learners are not allowed to use motorways, which means most new drivers get their first experience of this part of the road network after passing their test, without an instructor alongside them.

As of 2018, motorways in England, Scotland and Wales will be open to learners provided they are sat next to an approved instructor and in a dual control car. It follows a positive response to a consultation held earlier this year, and it’s hoped that this will offer better preparation for independent driving.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “Younger drivers are up to seven times more likely to be killed or seriously injured compared with drivers over twenty-five, and lack of experience is an important factor. 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.”

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Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.