Learner drivers will be allowed to drive on motorways for the first time, under plans revealed by the Government.
The proposed changes will see competent learner drivers able to have lessons on motorways with an approved driving instructor in a dual-controlled car.
There will also be changes to rules on new motorcycle riders, who will now do a theory test as part of their Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) course.
Provisional motorcyclists will also be banned in future if they receive six penalty points.
Transport Minister Andrew Jones said: “We have some of the safest roads in the world and we want to make them even safer.
“These changes will equip learners with a wider range of experience and greater skill set which will improve safety levels on our roads.”
Gareth Llewellyn, chief executive of the DVSA, said: “We want to modernise driver and motorcycle training so that novice drivers and riders gain the skills and knowledge they need to help them to stay safe on our roads.”
RAC director Steve Gooding added: “The casualty statistics tell us that motorways are our safest roads, but they can feel anything but safe to a newly qualified driver heading down the slip road for the first time to join a fast moving, often heavy, flow of traffic.
“Many are so intimidated by the motorway environment that they choose instead to use statistically more dangerous roads, so we welcome this move which will help new drivers get the training they need to use motorways safely.”
The changes could come into force in 2018.