RoSPA responds to opening of motorways to learners

Written by Ellie

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has responded positively to new plans to grant learner drivers access to the nation's motorways.

A new voluntary scheme is set to be created that will allow learner drivers to take lessons on motorways up and down the country, with a consultation currently underway to ascertain the public's feedback on the plans.

It will require each new driver to be accompanied by an approved driver instructor (ADI) and their vehicle must be fitted with dual controls.

A spokesperson for RoSPA commented: "Driving under the supervision of an ADI and practising entry and exit from slip roads and overtaking will be good experience for learner drivers.

"We would also be in favour of measures that included a minimum number of hours of training."

The organisation's representative concluded that many new drivers feel daunted by using motorways and they subsequently refrain from doing so after gaining their licence. This is a terrible waste, however, as motorways are among the safest roads in the UK.

Natalie Brinkley, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, adds: "Providing new drivers with invaluable experience of travelling on motorways will play a crucial role in preparing them for life on the roads after passing their test. It can only be a good thing."

Posted on 30th December 2016

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