Learner drivers gear up for motorway lessons

SERP Learner drivers motorway

SERP has welcomed the news that from today (4 June), learner drivers can take motorway driving lessons in a law change intended to improve road safety.

Any motorway lessons learner drivers take will be voluntary and must be with an approved driving instructor in a car with dual-controls displaying L plates.

However, motorway driving is not being added to the driving test as part of this change, and the change in law does not apply to learner motorcyclists.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) says driving instructors will only take learner drivers on the motorway when they have ‘the right skills and experience to drive in a high-speed environment’.

Jesse Norman, road safety minister, said:

“Road collisions remain the second biggest killer of young people.

“Allowing learner drivers to have motorway lessons with a qualified road safety expert will help more young drivers to gain the skills and experience they need to drive safely on motorways.”

The DVSA says some newly qualified drivers avoid driving on motorways because they lack confidence, which means they spend more time on ‘challenging’ rural roads where, in 2015, 80% of all young driver deaths happened.

The Government consulted on plans to allow learner drivers to have motorway lessons between December 2016 and February 2017, and received almost 3,000 responses. Click here to see the Government response to the consultation.

Mark Winn, DVSA chief driving examiner, said:

“Allowing learner drivers to have motorway lessons was supported by 80% of people who gave their feedback on this change, with the public recognising the importance of developing these skills in a controlled environment.

“I’m delighted that a new generation of drivers can now drive on the motorway to gain valuable experience, including overtaking safely and lane discipline.”

04 June 2018

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