Learner drivers will be allowed to drive on motorways under new DfT proposals
Supervised learner drivers in the UK could soon be allowed to drive on motorways under new government proposals to improve road safety.
Drivers in the UK are currently only allowed to go on motorways upon passing their practical exam.
However, the Department for Transport wants to ensure that motorists are prepared for everyday driving before passing their tests.
The proposal calls for learners to be able to practice driving on motorways alongside a fully qualified driving instructor – other roads only require an experienced driver to accompany them.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said:
“Britain has some of the safest roads in the world but we are always looking to improve that record.
“Today we are delivering common-sense proposals that balance tougher penalties for dangerous drivers with practical steps to help youngsters and other more vulnerable groups stay safe on our roads.”
AA president Edmund King said: “The current situation whereby someone can pass their test in the morning, then drive alone on the motorway in the afternoon, without ever having driven on a motorway, is ridiculous.
“It makes sense that supervised learners should be allowed on motorways.”
Other road safety government plans include increasing the penalties for drivers caught using a mobile behind the wheel, creating a £50 million grant for better cycling training in schools as well as a £750,000 fund to train police in spotting drivers under the influence of drugs.