From Monday 4 June 2018 learner drivers are able to take driving lessons on motorways in England, Scotland and Wales, although it will not be compulsory for everyone to do so. The aim is to help to make sure more drivers know how to use motorways safely.
Since 2006, young drivers in Wales have been able to participate in Pass Plus Cymru, and enhanced version of Pass Plus, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency’s (DVSA) post-test course. Ever since the scheme was conceived, the Welsh Government has provided road safety grant funding to local authorities to enable young drivers in Wales to contribute just £20 to the cost of attending Pass Plus Cymru.
Consisting of an interactive workshop followed by a practical element, the course has traditionally involved driving in town, on rural roads and on dual carriageways; areas that many young drivers may have already covered in their driving lessons. Pass Plus Cymru builds on these skills and teaches drivers how to deal with a wide range of situations that they may not have encountered whilst learning to drive, including driving on motorways.
The Road Safety Officer for Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council said, “As many parts of Wales don’t have motorways nearby, a number of learner drivers may still be unable to take driving lessons on these roads. However, the practical element of Pass Plus Cymru allows time to enable young drivers to access sections of motorway during the course, therefore helping them gain experience ready for future trips for work or leisure.”
For more information on the availability of Pass Plus Cymru throughout Wales, or to book a course, please go to DragonDriver.com or if you have any questions please call 02920 250601