Green driving advice for learners

The Government has announced plans to give advice to new drivers on how to drive in a more environmentally-friendly way.

Learner drivers will be assessed on how well they follow fuel efficiency and eco-safe driving advice, although they will not be failed if they do not meet the standards, the Department for Transport said. Following the practical test, examiners would advise candidates on how to drive in a more environmentally-friendly way, regardless of whether they had passed or failed.

Transport minister Jim Fitzpatrick said: "To help the next generation of motorists drive in a way that is better for their wallets and the environment, the driving test will now assess how successfully they follow fuel efficient and eco-safe driving advice.

"Common-sense changes can make for major improvements. Drivers can save around a month's worth of fuel each year by taking simple steps, like ensuring their tyres are correctly pumped up, changing gear earlier to keep revs low and avoiding carrying unnecessary clutter in the boot."

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