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Ban on learner drivers using motorways is to be lifted

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Ban on learner drivers using motorways is to be lifted


  • From next year, learners will be able to drive on motorways with instructor
  • This follows a consultation exercise by the Department for Transport 
  • AA president Edmund King welcomed the move, describing a lack of motorway experience as the ‘Achilles heel’ of learner-driver tuition 

Brendan Carlin Political Reporter For The Mail On Sunday

Learner drivers are to be allowed on motorways in an attempt to improve road safety, it was announced last night.

This follows fears that the current M-way ban on learners leads to many being ‘traumatised’ when they start to use them after passing their test.

From next year, learners will be able to drive on motorways with an approved driving instructor in a dual-control car.

Learner drivers are to be allowed on motorways in an attempt to improve road safety, it was announced last night (Stock image)

Learner drivers are to be allowed on motorways in an attempt to improve road safety, it was announced last night (Stock image)

This follows a consultation exercise by the Department for Transport which reported ‘wide support’ for the reform. 

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: ‘Younger drivers are up to seven times more likely to be killed or seriously injured compared with drivers over 25, 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.’

RAC road safety spokesman Pete Williams said: ‘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.’

AA president Edmund King welcomed the move, describing a lack of motorway experience as the ‘Achilles heel’ of learner-driver tuition.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: 'Younger drivers are up to seven times more likely to be killed or seriously injured compared with drivers over 25, and lack of experience is an important factor'

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: 'Younger drivers are up to seven times more likely to be killed or seriously injured compared with drivers over 25, and lack of experience is an important factor'

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: ‘Younger drivers are up to seven times more likely to be killed or seriously injured compared with drivers over 25, and lack of experience is an important factor’

The Driving Instructors Association said research suggested ‘that increased practice and exposure to different types of road and driving situation makes novice drivers safer’.

But road safety charity Brake claimed the move did not go far enough. 

Spokesman Jason Wakeford said: ‘Rather than allowing learner drivers on the motorway, there should instead be a requirement for all newly qualified drivers to receive mandatory lessons, including on the motorway, once they have passed their test.’



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