In news that surprised absolutely nobody, the Government has approved plans to allow learner drivers to practice on motorways in dual control vehicles accompanied by an instructor.

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Confirmed by the Department for Transport, the change will be implemented next year, with transport secretary Chris Grayling saying that the move will ultimately help to improve road safety as learners take their first tentative miles on a motorway with a qualified instructor.

As reported by MSL, the move has garnered wide support from both learner drivers and instructors, although our guess is that Pass Plus providers will be feeling deflated by the news considering their customer base, which only has a 3% take up, is about to be cut dramatically.

Speaking about the news, 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 twenty-five 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.”

RAC safety spokesman Pete Williams welcomed the news, and said:

“While motorways are statistically our safest roads, it can be daunting using them for the first time after passing the driving test. 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.”

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