Allowing learners on motorways is a 'good thing', says Weston-super-Mare's advanced motoring group

PUBLISHED: 08:00 15 January 2017

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Learner drivers could soon be seen on the M5 in North Somerset after the Government announced plans to allow lessons on Britain's motorways for the first time - a decision which has been welcomed by the area's advanced motoring group.

The proposed changes will see competent learners allowed behind the wheel on motorways, as long as they are with an approved driving instructor in a car fitted with dual controls.

The Government says the move will improve the awareness and experience of learner drivers, and the Weston and Mendip Advanced Motorists Group welcomed the decision, adding it had campaigned for such changes for several years.

The group’s spokesman Neil Bayliss told the Mercury: “To quote a former transport minister, ‘it is ridiculous that someone can pass their driving test on a Friday morning and, providing they have the finances, buy and insure a Ferrari and legally drive on the motorway at 70mph on the Friday afternoon with no previous motorway experience’.

“The fact that learners will be restricted to being with fully-qualified driving instructors and in dual-controlled cars should ensure that it is safe.

“It is sad that more than 90 per cent of drivers have never had formal motorway tuition and believe they are driving safely on the motorway purely because they have not yet had a collision.

“When I drive on the motorway, more than half of the drivers are not driving safely and many are collisions waiting to happen.”

You can find out more about the group’s free motorway driving course by contacting 07020 934714 or emailing courses@weston-iam.org.uk

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