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Q963: I've heard that sometime in 2018 learner drivers will be able to have lessons on motorway driving – is this true?

From Monday 4th June 2018, learner drivers can take motorway driving lessons with an approved driving instructor on motorways in England, Scotland and Wales.

In order to do this learner drivers must be:

  • accompanied by an approved driving instructor
  • driving a car fitted with dual controls
  • the vehicle must display L-plates to the front and rear

Motorways lessons will be voluntary - it will be a matter for driving instructor to decide when the learner driver is competent enough to undertake the lessons.

It should be noted that:

  • The change only applies to learner drivers of cars - learner motorcyclists won't be allowed on motorways.
  • Trainee driving instructors won't be allowed to take learner drivers on the motorway.
  • Motorway driving isn't being introduced to the driving test as part of this change.

Advice to other drivers on seeing a learner on the motorway is as follows:

  • As will all vehicles, keep a safe distance from a learner driver in front of you - increase the gap on wet or icy roads, or in fog.
  • You should always be patient with learner drivers. They may not be so skillful at anticipating and responding to events.

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