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Learner Drivers Will Be Allowed On Motorways With An Approved Instructor In Dual Control Car - Intensive Lessons for Bristol & Bath area

Learner drivers will be allowed to take motorway driving lessons with an approved driving instructor in a car with dual controls fromĀ 2018.

Allowing learner drivers to have lessons on motorways will help to make sure more drivers know how to use motorways safely.

At the moment, you can only have driving lessons on motorways after you’ve passed your driving test.

How the change will work

The change will apply to England, Scotland and Wales.

Learner drivers will need to be: Accompanied by an approved driving instructor and be driving in a car fitted with dual controls

Any motorways lessons will be voluntary. It will be up to the driving instructor to decide when the learner driver is competent enough to have a motorway lesson. Trainee driving instructors won’t be allowed to take learner drivers on the motorway.

The change will only apply to learner drivers of cars - learner motorcyclists won’t be allowed to have motorway lessons.

When the change will happen

The exact date in 2018 will be confirmed nearer the time. The change will be well-publicised so driving instructors and learner drivers are prepared for the change, and other road users know what to expect. The Highway Code will also be updated.

Until the law is changed, it’s still illegal for a learner driver to drive on a motorway.

Driving instructor vehicles and training

Driving instructors will be allowed to decide whether or not to keep their driving school roof-top box on during motorway lessons, based on the manufacturer’s instructions.

However, the car will still need to display L plates front and rear if the rooftop box is removed.

 

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