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Learner drivers to be allowed on Britain’s motorways within months

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 13/08/2017 Sebastian Mann

© Provided by Independent Print Limited Novice drivers are going to be let loose on Britain’s motorways, the Transport Secretary has announced.

Learners will be able to take lessons on roads such as the M25 – providing they are with an approved instructor in a dual control car.

It is hoped the changes, to be launched next year, will provide a broader range of real life experiences and better prepare learners for independent driving when they pass their test.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: "The UK has some of safest roads in the world and we want to make them even safer.

"Younger drivers are up to seven times more likely to be killed or seriously injured compared with drivers over 25 and lack of experience is an important factor.

"Allowing learners to drive on motorways in a supportive environment will help them develop a practical understanding of how to use motorways safely before driving independently."

The Department for Transport consulted on the measure earlier this year and received "wide support" from learner drivers and driving instructors.

Learners are currently not allowed on motorways until they have passed their test.

RAC road safety spokesman Pete Williams said some drivers find it "daunting" to use motorways for the first time.

"Giving learners the option to gain valuable experience on our fastest and busiest roads should further improve safety and enhance the confidence of new drivers," he said.

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