Learner drivers to have motorway lessons by 2018 in new driving test overhaul

GraylingBBC / GETTYMotorway lessons will only take place with a qualified driving instructor in a dual-control car

However the change to the law ensures motorway lessons will only take place with a qualified driving instructor in a dual-control car, transport secretary Chris Grayling confirmed.

The change will also apply only to cars, not to motorbikes.

Currently only those who have passed their test can drive on a motorway.

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Government figures also show that only around 3 per cent of new drivers take the Pass Plus course, a six-hour post-pass instruction that involves being shown how to drive sensibly on motorways.

Mr Grayling said: “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

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