The Highway Code is changing from tomorrow, 4th June 2018 to allow learner drivers to drive on motorways.
The law is being changed to allow learner drivers to have motorway lessons with an approved driving instructor.
The Highway Code rule relating to motorway driving is rule 253. It states …
Prohibited vehicles. Motorways MUST NOT be used by pedestrians, holders of provisional motorcycle or car licences, riders of motorcycles under 50 cc, cyclists, horse riders, certain slow-moving vehicles and those carrying oversized loads (except by special permission), agricultural vehicles, and powered wheelchairs/powered mobility scooters.
However, from 4th June the following wording will be added to it….
From 4 June 2018 provisional licence holders may drive on the motorway if they are accompanied by an approved driving instructor and are driving a car displaying red L plates (D plates in Wales), that’s fitted with dual controls.
5 things you need to know before driving on the motorway
From Monday June 4th 2018, learner drivers will be allowed to drive on motorways with a driving instructor.
Lessons will be voluntary
Learner drivers don’t have to practise motorway driving for their driving test. Driving lessons on the motorway are entirely voluntary. They provide a good opportunity to experience motorway driving and develop skills.
Driving with an approved driving instructor (ADI)
Learner drivers can only drive on motorways with an approved DVSA driving instructor with dual controls. They won’t be able to drive with friends or family on a motorway. DVSA driving instructors usually have a green DVSA badge in their vehicle’s windscreen.
The Highway Code is changing
Rule 253 of The Highway Code is changing on 4th June 2018 to include the additional wording above allowing learner drivers to drive on a motorway with an ADI.
Deciding when you’re ready
The driving instructor is the best person to know when a learner driver is ready to drive on the motorway.
Taking Pass Plus lessons
Learner drivers can still take Pass Plus lessons with their driving instructors. Pass Plus is a good way to get more experience driving in difficult conditions and some insurance companies will offer discounts for drivers who have passed the Pass Plus test.
For more information about the highway code visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-highway-code