From today, learner drivers can now take to the fastest roads in the UK – the motorways.
This decision follows a consultation launched at the end of 2016. The UK’s leading road safety charity, IAM RoadSmart said they change could save countless lives.
IAM RoadSmart Director of Policy and Research, Neil Greig, said
He “strongly welcomes this common-sense change to the law on motorway driving. It has never made sense to us that new drivers on our most important roads learned how to use them by trial and potentially fatal error.“
This change now means that learner drivers can start to have lessons on the motorways in Scotland, England and Wales. Previously, you had to have passed your driving test to take to the motorway. The law change has been welcomed for many years by road safety organisations including RAC, AA and IAM RoadSmart.
This development in driving lessons will help inexperienced drivers to gain more skills and confidence when tackling our motorways. The AA polled over 20,000 motorists and as many as 8% of drivers avoided motorways for at least six months after passing their driving test.
It will fall to the driving instructor to assess the new driver’s competence before taking to the motorways. The new driver must be accompanied by a qualified instructor and be driving a car with dual controls.