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Motorway Driving for Learner Drivers

1 January 2017

Learner drivers will be allowed to have driving lessons on motorways with a driving instructor in a car fitted with dual controls.

Under the new plans, learner drivers would need to be : accompanied by an approved driving instructor driving a car fitted with dual controls

Any motorways lessons would be voluntary. It would be up to the driving instructor to decide when the learner driver is competent enough to have a motorway lesson.

Any change to the law would be well-publicised before coming into effect. Until then, it’s still illegal for a learner driver to drive on a motorway.

The Department for Transport is also asking for views on whether:

  • the current driving instructor training and testing system gives instructors the skills they need to provide motorway lessons to learner drivers
  • specially-adapted vehicles must be fitted with dual controls if they’re used for motorway lessons
  • L plate roofboxes on cars must be removed before a motorway lesson

UK DfT is seeking views during its consultation which closes on 17th Feb 2017

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