Learner drivers to be allowed on motorways this year

The experience of learner drivers has seen some developments recently and here is one more! The Department for Transport says that getting used to driving on the motorway is incredibly important and that is why they are making this change.

Learner drivers will be allowed on motorways later this year, according to the Department for Transport.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said the move will help improve road safety, as the first time new drivers take to the motorway will now be in a dual controlled car and with a trained instructor.

Grayling stated that the DfT previously consulted learner drivers and instructors on the move, receiving wide support to allow teaching on motorways. Younger and more inexperienced drivers were identified to be around five to seven times more likely to be killed or seriously injured compared to those over the age of 25.

“The UK has some of safest roads in the world and we want to make them even safer”, said Grayling.

“Younger drivers are up to seven times more likely to be killed or seriously injured compared with drivers over twenty-five and lack of experience is an important factor.

“Allowing learners to drive on motorways in a supportive environment will help them develop a practical understanding of how to use motorways safely before driving independently.”

RAC safety spokesman Pete Williams welcomed the news, and said: “While motorways are statistically our safest roads, it can be daunting using them for the first time after passing the driving test. Giving learners the option to gain valuable experience on our fastest and busiest roads should further improve safety and enhance the confidence of new drivers.”

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