Learner drivers to have motorway lessons

Take a look and read this, why voluntary. The reason is because some people do not live near a motorway. Can you believe that, this is no excuse, if my tyres are worn out i cant make the excuse, i don,t live near a garage. It is obvious that the government do not care a hoot about road safety if they did our roads would be in better condition, lines and road markings would be kept up to date etc etc i could go on and on.

A motorway course should be mandatory post driving test/, end of story that way ALL our drivers will have been trained on motorways which i admit are the safest roads to drive on in the country

BUT and its a big But only if you know what you are doing, if it goes wrong then many people could be KILLED or MAIMED in one incident

Learner drivers will be allowed to have driving lessons on motorways with a driving instructor in a car fitted with dual controls.

Learner drivers will be able to take driving lessons on motorways before passing their driving test under new plans set out today (30 December 2016) by Transport Minister Andrew Jones.

At the moment, you can only have driving lessons on motorways after you’ve passed your driving test. Some newly-qualified drivers take lessons through the voluntary Pass Plus scheme.

Voluntary motorway lessons with a qualified instructor

Under the new plans, learner drivers would need to be:

  • accompanied by an approved driving instructor
  • driving a car fitted with dual controls

Any motorways lessons would be voluntary. It would be up to the driving instructor to decide when the learner driver is competent enough to have a motorway lesson.

Note from me: Why voluntary? make these lessons compulsory, otherwise whats the point some young people will have motorway knowledge but most of other young drivers still will not.

Any change to the law would be well-publicised before coming into effect. Until then, it’s still illegal for a learner driver to drive on a motorway.

Driving instructor training and vehicles

The Department for Transport is also asking for views on whether:

  • the current driving instructor training and testing system gives instructors the skills they need to provide motorway lessons to learner drive
  • specially-adapted vehicles must be fitted with dual controls if they’re used for motorway lessons
  • L plate roofboxes on cars must be removed before a motorway lesson

Have your say on the proposals by 17 February 2017.

Better prepared for a lifetime of safe driving

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

Note from me: Correction!!!!! only very few will have these skills because motorway lessons are still VOLUNTARY.

The changes will 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
  • practice driving at higher speeds
  • put their theoretical knowledge into practice
  • Note from me: Only if they have the lessons!!!!!!

Right skills and understanding

The proposed changes will help to contribute towards the government’s commitment to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads, and ensure safer journeys.

Transport Minister, Andrew Jones, said:

We have some of the safest roads in the world and we want to make them even safer.

Note from me : Is that why 17 to 24 year olds only drive 6% of the total miles driven in this country but are involved in 15 yes 15% of all accidents.

These changes will equip learners with a wider range of experience and greater skill set which will improve safety levels on our roads.

Note from me No they will not all the time it is voluntary, its as they say a NO BRAINER.

RAC Foundation Director, Steve Gooding, said:

The casualty statistics tell us that motorways are our safest roads, but they can feel anything but safe to a newly qualified driver heading down the slip road for the first time to join a fast moving, often heavy, flow of traffic.

Many are so intimidated by the motorway environment that they choose instead to use statistically more dangerous roads, so we welcome this move which will help new drivers get the training they need to use motorways safely.