New plans announced for learners to have motorway driving lessons
Transport minister Andrew Jones has announced plans for learner drivers to be allowed to have driving lessons on motorways, Fleet News reports.
Motorway driving lessons can currently only be taken by newly-qualified drivers through the voluntary Pass Plus scheme.
Under the new proposals, an approved driving instructor will have to accompany learner drivers in a car fitted with dual controls.
The motorway lessons will continue to be voluntary, with the driving instructor having the responsibility to decide when the learner driver is ready for motorway lessons.
The plans are part of the Government's commitment to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads, and ensure safer journeys.
According to the RAC, the proposals have been backed by road safety campaigners.
Discussing the plans, Jones said: "We have some of the safest roads in the world and we want to make them even safer.
"These changes will equip learners with a wider range of experience and greater skill set which will improve safety levels on our roads."
The Department for Transport is also seeking views on whether changes are required in other areas, such as:
• Does the existing driving instructor training and testing system provide instructors with the skills they need to give learner drivers motorway lessons?
• Whether specially-adapted vehicles should be fitted with dual controls if used for motorway lessons.
• Whether L-plate roof boxes on cars should be removed prior to a motorway lesson.
The Government noted that it is currently still illegal for a learner driver to drive on a motorway, adding that any change to the law would be well-publicised before coming into effect.
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