4 June 2018: motorway learners








Just announced: you can drive on the motorway with your fully qualified driving instructor from the 4th of June 2018.

Official announcement

Update on the "new" test

Read some feedback about how the new test is performing from the DVSA

Smoking in cars - new rules

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."

Read more here

Richard is back from LEJoG

Driving licence counterpart ends

From the 8th of June 2015 the paper counterpart to your driving licence is no longer valid.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).

More information here

You might need to provide proof about your licence entitlement - for example, to hire a car. There is an online service for this:

View your driving licence information

You will need your licence number, national insurance number, and the postcode on your licence to use this service.


Supervising a learner driver

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:

RoSPA link


Theory test booking scam

Beware pirate sitesBe 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).


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