Should learner drivers be allowed on the motorway?

Government plans are being considered to allow learner drivers onto the motorways for the first time.

Transport minister Andrew Jones says the move would help make roads in Britain safer and would allow learner drivers to “get a broader driving experience, practice at higher speeds and put their theoretical knowledge into practice.”
Mr Jones said: “We have some of the safest roads in the world and we want to make them even safer.
He continued by saying;
“These changes will equip learners with a wider range of experience and greater skill set which will improve safety levels on our roads. We have some of the safest roads in the world and we want to make them even safer.”

Andrew Jones - The transport minister

Andrew Jones – The Transport Minister

For car drivers, the changes would mean that competent learners would be able to have lessons on motorways with an approved driving instructor in a dual controlled vehicle.

For those on motorcycles, the Compulsory Basic Training course – which allows them to ride unaccompanied on roads – would also be updated.

Motorcycle training would also require more online courses, with novice riders having to take a theory test.

RAC Director Steve Gooding backs the plans.

“The casualty statistics tell us that motorways are our safest roads, but they can feel anything but safe to a newly qualified driver heading down the slip road for the first time to join a fast-moving, often heavy, flow of traffic,” he said.

“Many are so intimidated by the motorway environment that they choose instead to use statistically more dangerous roads, so we welcome this move which will help new drivers get the training they need to use motorways safely.”

 

Source: bbc.co.uk
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