Learner drivers will be able to take motorway driving lessons with an approved driving instructor in a car fitted with dual controls from 2018.
Allowing learner candidates to drive on motorways will help to ensure more drivers know how to use motorways safely, according to the DVSA.
Currently, dtivers can only have lessons on motorways after passing their practical test.
Some newly-qualified drivers take lessons through the voluntary Pass Plus scheme.
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
- Driving a car fitted with dual controls
Any motorways lessons will be voluntary. It will be up to the driving instructor to gauge when the learner is ready. .
Can parents or friends give motorway lessons?
No. Only approved driving instructors can take learners on motorways.
Will motorway driving be part of the new driving test?
Motorway driving will not be included in the driving test changes coming into force on 4 December 2017.
When will the change will happen?
The exact date in 2018 will be confirmed nearer the time.