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Old 02-03-2018, 08:31 AM   #1
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Industry News - LEARNERS GET GREEN LIGHT FOR MOTORWAY TUITION FROM JUNE

The Government has announced that learner drivers will be allowed on motorways from 4 June this year – a move road safety charity IAM RoadSmart has welcomed as ‘common sense’ and could save countless lives.

An announcement from the DVSA today (1 March) says learner drivers will be able to take driving lessons on motorways in England, Scotland and Wales from Monday 4 June.

Learners will need to be accompanied by an approved driving instructor and driving a car fitted with dual controls. Motorways lessons will be voluntary and it will be up to the driving instructor to decide when the learner driver is competent enough for them.

IAM RoadSmart, the UK’s biggest independent road safety charity, has long called for this move to be made.

A consultation was launched at the end of 2016, and the plans drawn up in August 2017. The announcement today of the date of implementation is the final step to the idea finally coming to fruition.

Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart director of policy and research, said: “IAM RoadSmart strongly welcomes this common sense change to the law on motorway driving.

“It has never made sense to us that new drivers on our most important roads learned how to use them by trial and potentially fatal error. The government’s insistence on the use of approved instructors and dual controlled cars is a welcome safeguard that will ensure consistent levels of training and a proper phased introduction to motorway driving skills.

“Delays and injuries caused by driver error blight our motorways and with new systems such as smart motorway being widely introduced, it is vital that the level of knowledge and skill among motorways users is improved to keep our key economic routes flowing.

“Any current drivers who feel the need to refresh their skills or improve their confidence and enjoyment on the motorway can take an IAM RoadSmart motorway module today.”
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This kind of training should be compulsory, but this is a good start toward that.
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It's a good step forward, providing they are competent and drive at / near motorway speed (which is obviously the whole point) - we're lucky where we live as we have a few bypasses, so been able to get some "motorway" experience for years...
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Great idea and about time , as said should have been compulsory
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All we need now is people with licences to learn how to drive on the motorway!

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Said it before but all driving licences should be time limited and require periodic retesting. I’ve been driving for nearly 30 years and doubt I could pass the test, there are plenty of people on the roads who have easily been going for twice that. The current driving test is better than ever but what’s the point in setting a standard if there is no means of maintaining it?
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