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Learner drivers will be allowed on motorways from 4 June 2018

by Saima Omar | 06 Mar 2018

There is soon to be a law change whereby, learner drivers will be allowed to drive on motorways with an approved driving instructor in a dual-control car, in England, Scotland and Wales.
From Monday 4 June 2018, this law will come into effect, hoping to improve road safety for all.

What changes are being introduced as part of this?

There are some factors that are mandatory if a learner driver is to use the motorway:

• First of all, they must be accompanied by an approved driving instructor
• Secondly, the car must be fitted with dual controls.

Nevertheless, regardless of being allowed during learner lessons, and at the discretion of the instructor to decide is the driver is competent enough, they motorway part will not be included as part of the driving test.

At present, learners cannot drive on a motorway until after they have passed their test. However, the new driver is offered extra lessons which covers the motorway, as part of the Government's official Pass Plus scheme, an optional add-on educational programme for new drivers.

The changes to the law come following a Department for Transport consultation earlier this year, which received wide support from both learner drivers and approved driving instructors. The changes apply to England, Wales and Scotland.

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