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US News Learner drivers now allowed on the motorway

09:20  04 june  2018
09:20  04 june  2018 Source:   news.sky.com

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Learners will now be able to drive legally on motorways from June 4, 2018. The Driver Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) says this will allow unqualified drivers to get a broader experience of driving before taking their test.

File photo dated 28/07/2009 of an L plate on a car, as more than 220,000 learner drivers are preparing to take the new driving test - with changes including following directions from a sat nav. © PA File photo dated 28/07/2009 of an L plate on a car, as more than 220,000 learner drivers are preparing to take the new driving test - with changes including following directions from a sat nav.

Learners can now experience high-speed driving on Britain's motorways following a change in the law.

Driving pupils must be on a lesson with an approved instructor and the car must also have dual controls.

However, a motorway section is not being added to the test and it is not a mandatory part of lessons - it is up to the instructor to decide whether the learner is ready.

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Learner drivers have never been allowed on UK motorways before. “ Allowing learners to drive on motorways in a supportive environment will help them develop a practical understanding of how to use motorways safely before driving independently.”

ADIs have been pushing for motorway driving for learner drivers and now their wish has been answered. Learner drivers have been allowed on all roads apart from motorways , giving them no experience for when they pass their practical test.

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More than a quarter (27%) of drivers said they were scared when they first ventured on to motorways, according to an AA survey of 20,000 motorists, but it is hoped the change will give new drivers confidence and improve safety.

Road safety minister Jesse Norman said: "Britain's roads are among the safest in the world, but 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 AA and the RAC have both welcomed the change.

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"Young drivers are drastically over-represented in crashes. This change, which will help broaden the opportunities they have while learning, is very positive," said Edmund King, director of the AA Charitable Trust.

"It is somewhat perverse that five minutes after passing the driving test a new driver could venture alone on to a motorway without having had any motorway tuition."

Brake, the road safety charity, says a licensing system imposing restrictions on drivers for a certain time after passing their test - such as a night driving curfew - would further improve safety and should be brought in by the government.

"While today's move is a small step in the right direction, a total overhaul in the way in which we learn to drive is urgently needed," said its director of campaigns, Joshua Harris.

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