Government plans will allow learner drivers to practise on motorways in a new road traffic law shakeup designed to improve road safety.
Currently, drivers are only allowed onto motorways after they have passed their driving test. However, there is no mandatory training for driving on roads with a 70mph speed limit.
News of the rule changes came from Transport Minister, Andrew Jones. These changed will allow instructors to take “competent” learner drivers onto motorways in dual controlled cars.
These plans have been endorsed by both RAC Director, Steve Gooding and Neil Greig, the Policy Director at the IAM Road Smart charity.
In his backing of the plane, Mr Gooding stated: “The casualty statistics tell us that motorways are our safest roads, but they can feel anything but safe to a newly qualified driver heading down the slip road for the first time to join a fast-moving, often heavy, flow of traffic.
“Many are so intimidated by the motorway environment that they choose instead to use statistically more dangerous roads, so we welcome this move, which will help new drivers get the training they need to use motorways safely.”
In support of the plans, Mr Greig said: “It makes no sense that new drivers learn by trial and, often fatal, error how to use our fastest and most important roads.”
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