As you no doubt will be aware, a week ago new rules were introduced which allow learners drivers to practice on the motorway in England, Scotland, and Wales. We feel it is important to give our view on this subject from the perspective of our industry, as the vast majority of our website readers are involved in the transport and logistics sector. In this article, we will explain the new rules, why they were introduced, and how having learners on the motorway benefits everyone.
The new rules
Motorway lessons and training will be voluntary, as many driving test centres are based in areas without easy access to a motorway. All Category B (car) training on motorways must be conducted by an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI), in a suitable vehicle (dual controls and L-plates). ADIs must ensure that they only take learner drivers on the motorway when a suitable level of competence has been demonstrated to ensure safety. Learner drivers have always been able to practice on dual carriageways, and motorway training will simply become part of the training journey.
Below is a list of some of the topics that can be covered in a motorway driving lesson.
- ‣ Driving at high speed safely
- ‣ Using different motorway types (controlled, dynamic hard shoulder running etc, where available)
- ‣ How to safely join and exit the motorway
- ‣ Overtaking and correct lane use
- ‣ Breakdowns
- ‣ Motorway road signage
- ‣ How to behave around large and heavy vehicles