Latest News

Learners could be allowed on motorways in 2018

Friday 30 December 2016, By Autovolo

Learners could be allowed on motorways in 2018

Learners could be allowed on motorways in 2018

Learner drivers could be seen on British motorways in 2018, thanks to new government proposals.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) announced the plans as part of a shake-up of driver and motorcyclist training, which it claims will improve British road safety.

As it stands, learner drivers are not allowed on the country’s motorways, although they can drive on fast A-roads such as the A34.

Should the new proposals come into force, however, learners will be allowed to drive on major motorways if they are accompanied by a qualified driving instructor in a car with dual controls.

The proposals also include changes to motorcycle training, which would include a rule preventing riders who pass their tests on automatic bikes being allowed to ride manuals. A theory test would also become part of the Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) course.

Transport minister Andrew Jones said: “We have some of the safest roads in the world and we want to make them even safer. These changes will equip learners with a wider range of experience and greater skill set which will improve safety levels on our roads.”

RAC director Steve Gooding welcomed the new proposals, saying: “The casualty statistics tell us that motorways are our safest roads, but they can feel anything but safe to a newly qualified driver.

“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.”