From Monday 4th June 2018 learner drivers will be able to take driving lessons on motorways in Wales, England and Scotland, 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.
Whilst this is excellent news for learner drivers it’s unclear how this will work in Wrexham – when the nearest motorway is at least 20 minutes away for a learner driver?
An existing scheme however, may be just as helpful. Since 2006, young drivers in Wales have been able to take part in Pass Plus Cymru, which is a course for any young person who has just passed their driving test.
Ever since the scheme began, the Welsh Government has provided a 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.
It begins with an interactive workshop that is 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.
Cllr David A Bithell, Lead Member for Environment and Transport, said: “As in many parts of Wales we 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 local course, please go to DragonDriver.com or if you have any questions call 01978 729605.
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