Learner Drivers Might Soon be Allowed on the Motorways

By Gary Cutlack on at

Transport Minister Andrew Jones has had an idea about how to make the roads safer -- let learner drives loose on the motorways. What can possibly go wrong?

It could happen soon as part of a restructuring of the driver training processes, with Jones explaining: "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."

There will be some rules, though. Only learners in a dual-control cars and accompanied by a trained instructor will be allowed on the motorways under the proposals, plus the rejigging will introduce a theory test for motorcyclists for the first time too.

RAC director Steve Gooding is keen on the motorway move, saying: "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." [GOV via Eurekar]

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