My partner is learning to drive. She's brought a car ready for when she passes her test, hopefully in a couple weeks. Her insurance is aware that she -- the main driver -- has a provisional licence, and I am a named driver on her policy with a full licence.
She is having lessons with a professional instructor, but I have been supervising her on occasion as I meet the requirements:
- I am older than 21.
- Have a licence for that category of vehicle.
- Had that licence for more than 3 years.
We have L plates shown on her car. She wanted to drive to her work, with me supervising, and then I drive the car home alone.
My question is: Would I be committing an offence by driving her car back home, by myself, with the L plates still showing?
As far as I can tell, it's at the very least advisable to remove them, but not illegal. I do not wish to waste police time, but I would expect an officer to pull me over and investigate why I'm driving alone with L plates.
Sadly I can't just remove the L plates since they're stickers. They won't go back on if I pull them off. Hence my question.
As a side note: I will not be using a motorway when driving alone. Obviously we cannot use the motorway when I am supervising her.