From Monday 4th June 2018, learner car drivers will be allowed to take motorway driving lessons with an Approved Driving Instructor.
Learners must be accompanied by a DVSA Approved Driving Instructor (trainee instructors are NOT allowed to offer motorway lessons).
You will NOT be able to practise with friends or family on the motorway.
The car must be fitted with dual controls.
L plates must be shown at the front and back of the vehicle if a rooftop box is not being used.
Any motorway driving lessons will be voluntary.
It will be up to the driving instructor to decide when the learner is ready.
The change only applies to learner car drivers – learner motorcyclists will NOT be allowed on motorways.
You can still take Pass Plus lessons with your instructor once you’ve passed your test, as this is a good way to gain more experience driving in different conditions.
The multiple-choice Theory Test questions and Highway Code will be updated to reflect these changes, which you can find in the latest 4 in 1 Theory Test app from Driving Test Success.
Rule 253 of The Highway Code will be updated on the 4 June 2018 to explain that learner drivers are allowed on the motorway with an ADI in a car with dual controls.
The decision follows a consultation where 80% of respondents thought that learners should be “allowed to take lessons on motorways, subject to certain safeguards”.
While motorways are statistically the safest roads in the UK, they’re also a real source of anxiety and nerves for many motorists.
It is currently illegal for a provisional licence holder to drive on a motorway, but the moment a learner passes their practical test, they are able to drive on a motorway, unsupervised, with no prior experience.
This may not be as much of a concern for learners who have a busy dual carriageway in their area, but for many drivers who don’t, the thought of motorway driving can be daunting.
However, provisional licence holders will be able to drive on the motorway under strict new rules.
Why are the rules changing?
The changes are being made to allow learner car drivers to:
Get a broader driving experience before taking their driving test.