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Thumbs up to learner drivers on motorways

Leading independent road safety charity IAM RoadSmart has welcomed confirmation of the Government's plan to allow learner drivers on motorways to improve safety, saying they are long overdue and should make a significant difference to accident rates amongst new and inexperienced drivers.The plans were announced this evening (12 August) by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, following a consultation on the idea at the end of 2016. The changes take place in England, Wales and Scotland only from 2018.Learners will only be allowed on motorways with an approved driving instructor in a dual control car. The Government says this will provide a broader range of real life experiences and better prepare learners for independent driving when they pass their test. Currently learners cannot drive on a motorway until after they have passed their test. This means the first experience of motorway driving for many is as a nervous novice without the guidance of a driving…

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