During the bank holiday, learner drivers across the UK can see the extra working days as an opportunity to practice a few extra hours on the roads with family or friends without having to pay their driving instructor.
However, car insurance group Veygo is warning learner drivers they could face a four-figure fine and points on their license before they even pass their test if they don’t have the right insurance.
According to Veygo, data reveals that 14,618 provisional license holders were prosecuted in 2020 for driving without insurance, up 16% since 2018.
The increase during this period has been blamed on the fact that test drives were banned during the shutdowns, but with the backlog of test drives set to continue for several years, experts expect this number remains high.
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Learners who drive their own car, for private lessons or internships, are required by law to take out specific learner driver insurance under penalty of heavy penalties.
However, learners hoping to practice in a friend or relative’s car over the Easter holidays, to increase their chances of success amid the current driving test backlog, should ensure that are covered by the car owner’s insurance.
This also applies to paid courses, where learners are covered by their instructor’s insurance if they drive their instructor’s car – a point that confuses many learners.
Warning to learner drivers and parents
James Armstrong, CEO of Veygo, said: “The Easter holidays are the perfect opportunity for learners to rack up extra driving hours by jumping in the car with a family member or friend to drive around the block away or in a quiet parking lot. This extra practice is important for learners whose driving test is fast approaching, as failure could mean waiting until 2024 for another test slot.
“We urge learners and their parents to take our advice to ensure they stay on the right side of the law this Easter and to avoid £1,000 fines and provisional license points.”