DfT launch consultation to allow learner drivers on motorways

Friday, December 30, 2016


A matter that has often been talked about and consistently lobbied for has now become a reality. The Government has launched a consultation on learners being allowed on motorways.


The proposed changes will see competent learner drivers able to have lessons on motorways with an approved driving instructor in a dual controlled car. By allowing learners on a motorway it will greatly improve their awareness and experience, which will then boost safety on British roads.


Andrew Jones, Transport Minister, said: “We have some of the safest roads in the world and we want to make them even safer. These changes will equip learners with a wider range of experience and greater skill set which will improve safety levels on our roads.”


The consultation has been greatly backed by DIA CEO Carly Brookfield, as she believes that by having necessary exposure to the full range of risks we face on the road, novice drivers will build vital experience, which helps them better manage risk when driving independently.


She added: "Allowing learners to gain experience on high speed roads and motorways is crucial in teaching them to manage these key risks."


The CEO of the Driving Instructors Association also showed her pleasure in seeing the proposal clarify that learners must be under the supervision of an approved driving instructor whilst undertaking motorway training. This will ensure the learner "develops their skills with the support of a professional trainer, who is best equipped to manage the risk of a novice driver in this environment." 


The Department for Transport (DfT) and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have launched consultations seeking views on the measures to improve training for new drivers and motorcyclists. The consultations will run until 17 February 2017 and the changes could come into force in 2018.


A summary of responses, including the next steps, will be published within three months of the consultation closing date.


When addressing the heavy involvement the DIA had to make the consultation a reality Carly Brookfield said: "The DIA has been lobbying for a long time to launch a public consultation on motorway training. We have been working closely with the DVSA and DfT on a series of measures to develop the training of new drivers and riders and we're now starting to see some of those key road safety goals looking more achievable. 


"2017 should be an exciting year for developments in Driver Education."


Follow the link below to make sure you have your say in the consultation and add your professional weight to help bring these proposals into practice.


Click here to read press release.


Click here to respond to the consultation.

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