New plans to allow learner drivers on motorways

Currently only qualified drivers can take motorway lessons through the ‘Pass Plus’ scheme, However, the DVSA has unveiled its plans to permit learner drivers to take driving lessons on motorways in a dual control vehicle accompanied by an approved driving instructor before passing their driving test.

Driving instructors will be able to use their discretion to decide when the learner driver is competent enough to undertake a motorway lesson.

Any change to the law would be well-publicised before coming into effect, and until then it is still illegal for a learner driver to drive on a motorway.

Allowing learner drivers to have lessons on motorways will help to make sure more drivers know how to use motorways safely.

The changes will allow learner drivers to:

  • Get broader driving experience before taking their driving test
  • Get training on how to join and leave the motorway, overtake and use lanes correctly
  • Practice driving at higher speeds
  • Put their theoretical knowledge into practice

The proposed changes will help to contribute towards the government’s commitment to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads, and ensure safer journeys.

RAC foundation director, Steve Gooding, said: “The casualty statistics tell us that motorways are our safest roads, but they can feel anything but safe to a newly qualified driver heading down the slip road for the first time to join a fast moving, often heavy, flow of traffic.

“Many are so intimidated by the motorway environment that they choose instead to use statistically more dangerous roads, so we welcome this move which will help new drivers get the training they need to use motorways safely.”