Learner drivers are going to be let loose on the motorway from this year, the Government has announced, in a radical new move designed to improve young driver skills and reduce fatalities.

Road Safety Minister Mike Penning told the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) that it was questionable whether the driving test did anything more than train drivers to pass a test, and that a raft of changes were being made to correct that.

Significantly, he said the Government would finally tackle the issue of learners currently being banned from the motorway, stating: “I will allow driving instructors to teach on the motorway before their test.”