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From Monday 4 June 2018, learner drivers will be allowed to take driving lessons on motorways in England, Scotland and Wales. Below is the rules as stated by the DVSA to advise everyone about the changes.
How the changes will work for all Learner Drivers:
All learner drivers will need to be:
- accompanied by an approved driving instructor when using the motorway
- must be driving a car fitted with dual controls
Any motorways lessons will be voluntary. It will be up to the driving instructor to decide when the learner driver is competent enough for motorway lessons.
- Until the law changes on the 4th June, it’s still illegal for a learner driver to drive on a motorway.
- This change only applies to learner drivers of cars. Learner motorcyclists won’t be allowed on motorways.
- Trainee driving instructors won’t be allowed to take learner drivers on the motorway.
- Motorway driving isn’t being introduced to the driving test as part of this change. This is solely to let a learner driver gain experience in motorway driving.
Driving near learner drivers on the motorway
- As with any vehicle on the motorway, keep a safe distance from a learner driver in front of you. Please remember to increase the gap on wet or icy roads especially in fog.
- You should always be patient with learner drivers. They may not be so skilful at anticipating and responding to events happening on the road. Remember you were learner driver once.
Driving instructor vehicles and training
Driving instructors can decide if they want to use a driving school rooftop box during motorway lessons.The car will need to display L plates on the front and rear if the rooftop box is removed.