Are learner drivers allowed on motorways?
Learner drivers of cars will be allowed to drive on motorways from the 4th June 2018 in England, Wales and Scotland but will only be allowed to drive with a qualified driving instructor (ADI). Trainee driving instructors will not be allowed to take learner drivers on the motorways. So always check that your instructor is fully qualified, fully qualified driving instructors will hold a green badge while trainee driving instructors will hold a pink badge.
On the governments website https://www.gov.uk/government/news/learner-drivers-will-be-allowed-on-motorways-from-2018 there is a list of who is allowed and not allowed on the motorways.
It’s important to note that this change will only apply to learner drivers of cars. Learner motorcyclists are not allowed on motorways.
Motorway driving will not be part of the driving test, it has been instructed to give learner drivers more experience on a broader number of roads before they take their driving test.
Do Learner Drivers Need To Take Motorway Lessons?
Learner drivers do not need to take motorway lessons before taking the driving test if they do not want to. It will be the driving instructors decision if their learner drivers are up to a safe standard to be able to drive on the motorway. The driving instructor will need dual controls on the car they will be using for the motorway lesson with the learner drivers. The driving instructor will also have to have learner L plates on the car they are using for the motorway lesson, this informs other road users that you are a learner.
Your driving instructor should aim to cover all aspects of motorway driving.
Please see below the DVSA’s aim when they instructed motorway lessons for learner drivers. It is not a comprehensive list but it will help learner drivers become safer drivers. Which is what every driving instructor strives for.
Preparing drivers for a lifetime of safe driving, the changes are being made to allow learner drivers to:
- Get broader driving experience before taking their driving test
- Get training on how to join and leave the motorway, overtake and use lanes correctly
- Practise driving at higher speeds
- Understand motorway specific traffic signs
- Understand what to do if a vehicle breaks down on a motorway
- Improve their confidence to drive on the motorway unsupervised after passing their driving test
We believe the change to the UK law to allow learner drivers on the motorways with fully qualified driving instructors using dual controls will be of a great benefit, not only to learner drivers but also to all road users. It truly will make drivers in the future safer.