Learners will no longer be left on the hard shoulder when it comes to driving on the motorway. Instead, they will be able to take voluntary lessons with an approved driving instructor (ADI) as long as the car is fitted with dual controls. Critically, it will be up to the ADI to decide if the learner is fit and ready to head out on to the motorway.
According to the government, the ground-breaking change will allow learner drivers to:
• get broader driving experience before taking their driving test
• get training on how to join and leave the motorway, overtake and use lanes correctly
• practice driving at higher speeds and put their theoretical knowledge into practice too.
Do bear in mind that it remains illegal to have lessons on a motorway at this time – and that the government will officially announce when the new law comes into effect during 2017.