Edit: This is supposed to be passed into law by parliament in 2018. Don't hold your breath...
Recently the news has been full of reports of learners driving on motorways. This will take a long time to pass into law, and take effect. It might not actually happen.
Read more here:
If you want to respond to the consultation, you have until 17 February 2017.
I'd quite like to train provisional licence holders on motorways. After passing your test, there wouldn't be that worry about the unknown.
From the Department of Health:
From From 1 October 2015, private vehicles must be smokefree if they are enclosed, there is more than one person present and one of them is under 18. So it will be an offence: for a person of any age to smoke in a private vehicle that is carrying someone who is under 18 for a driver (including a provisional driver) not to stop someone smoking in these circumstances The rules don’t apply to e-cigarettes."
From the 8th of June 2015 the paper counterpart to your driving licence is no longer valid. After this date, you only need to keep the photocard part of your licence.
(Note - some people haven't updated to the new photo card licence and still hold the older paper licence. Do not destroy this - it is still valid).
You might need to provide proof about your licence entitlement - for example, to hire a car. There is an online service for this:
You will need your licence number, national insurance number, and the postcode on your licence to use this service.
New drivers definitely benefit if they take private practice with a friend or relative as well as taking professional driving lessons.
As a relative or friend it can be a bit daunting to supervise a learner - and the learner can find it stressful too!
Planning and information is the key, and RoSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) has put together a useful website with lots of useful tips and information:
Be careful when you book your theory test. There are rogue sites out there which will book your theory test, and charge you more than the correct fee.
The theory test can be booked at the official site, and currently costs £25.00. Some sites will charge much more - typically £60.00 - for exactly the same service.
The official theory test site is at:
(Incidentally, there are similar scams when applying for driving licences, passports, and European health cards).