Learner drivers to be allowed on motorways
So, we can all recall the first time we ventured out onto a motorway
after passing our driving test. Maybe you paid for a couple of motorway
lessons with your driving instructor? Maybe your Mum or Dad sat with you
practicing getting on and off the slip roads or maybe you just went for
it? Either way, it can be a pretty stressful experience - not only for
new drivers but also for the other motorway users as they witness the trials
and tribulations of a novice motorway driver.
4th June 2018 learner drivers will be allowed to take motorway driving lessons
with approved driving instructors, the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards
Agency) have announced. As it currently stands, you can only drive
on a motorway once you have passed your test, although newly qualified drivers
can opt to take lessons through a scheme called PassPlus. PassPlus is a 6-hour
practical training course covering a number of driving skills such as motorway
and dual carriageway driving, driving on rural roads, driving at night etc.
to drive on motorways learner drivers must be accompanied by an approved
driving instructor and the vehicle must have dual controls.
Motorway driving lessons for learner drivers will be voluntary and it
will be up to the approved driving instructor to determine whether the learner
driver is competent enough for the lessons.
There has been mixed reactions to this news with some experts saying that it's a positive thing that learner drivers can gain this driving experience whereas others are concerned that potentially unprepared drivers could be put into dangerous situations.
Learner driver Sam Bryce, aged 17, of Knutsford said, "I think it's a good idea because at the moment, I could pass my test next month and the same day drive on the motorway without any previous experience. This way, I think my driving instructor would make sure I've got a good level of motorway driving done before I go in for my test."