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2018 MOT system changes and motorway experience for leaner drivers

Learner drivers will be allowed on motorways for the first time from this week. From Monday, June 4, the rules around driving lessons are changing to allow student drivers to practice on motorways ahead of their test. The move comes six months after broad-ranging changes were made to the practical driving test to make it more relevant to modern driving The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) says that the changes have been made in an effort to improve road safety.

While motorways are statistically Britain’s safest roads, learners are currently not able to gain practical driving experience on them. Unfortunately, this means that the first time most new drivers will encounter motorway driving conditions, they will do so without the help and support of an instructor.

However, motorway lessons will not be compulsory and the DVSA says there are no plans to include motorway driving in the practical test. Learners will only be allowed on motorways in a dual-controlled car and will have to be accompanied by a fully qualified driving instructor. They will only be allowed to take to motorways when their instructor feels they are ready. Learner motorcyclists will still not be allowed on motorways.

Rules about car roadworthiness for practical driving tests

Anyone is able to take the driving test in their own car rather than your driving instructor’s vehicle: however, the vehicle must comply to certain rules. If the vehicle does not comply with these rules, then the driving test will be cancelled and the driver will, have to pay again if they wish to re-sit the test.

The car must:

  • be taxed
  • be insured for a driving test (check this with your insurance company prior to sitting the test)
  • be roadworthy and have a current MOT (if it’s over 3 years old)
  • have no warning lights showing, for example, the airbag warning light
  • have no tyre damage and the legal tread depth on each tyre – you can’t have a space-saver spare tyre fitted
  • be smoke-free – this means you can’t smoke in it just before or during the test
  • be able to reach at least 62mph and have an mph speedometer
  • have 4 wheels and a maximum authorised mass (MAM) of no more than 3,500 kg

 

 

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