LEARNER drivers will be allowed to have lessons on the motorway by next year, under new plans announced by the government.
The Department for Transport (DfT) said lessons would be in a dual-control car with an approved driving instructor.
Only those who have passed their test and hold a full licence can drive on a motorway but transport secretary Chris Grayling said the lessons would make the country’s roads safer.
He said: “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.”
Mr Grayling said young drivers were more likely to be killed or seriously injured on Britain’s roads — and a lack of experience was an “important factor”.
“The UK has some of safest roads in the world and we want to make them even safer,” he said.