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Funding Extended for New Driver Scheme

Date Published: 12 July 2016
Pass Plus Young Driver Scheme

Young people in Rutland can continue to benefit from discounted driver training following a decision by the County Council to extend its Pass Plus subsidy for another year.

Pass Plus is an established training course aimed at newly qualified drivers who want to gain more confidence on the road.

Designed by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) with the help of insurers and the driving instruction industry, Pass Plus is recommended for new drivers in the first year after passing their test – improving their skills and helping to lower the cost of car insurance.

Pass Plus usually costs £150 but Rutland County Council are subsidising the scheme by 50% for young drivers under 25 who live in Rutland.

“Statistics show that new drivers are more likely to have an accident in the first two years after passing their test due to lack of driving experience. Pass Plus can help to build on newly acquired driving skills to teach you how to anticipate, plan for and deal with all kinds of hazards. The ultimate aim is to help you become a more confident and competent driver. Areas covered by Pass Plus is rural roads and motorways, which is invaluable for young people who live and drive in Rutland. Continued support for Pass Plus is therefore extremely important and we hope young drivers will take up the opportunity to access the scheme at a greatly reduced cost.”
Councillor Tony Mathias, Portfolio Holder for Highways

Pass Plus consists of six modules about driving in different conditions but does not require participants to complete a test at the end.  With the help of an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI), participants cover:

  • Driving in town  
  • In all weathers
  • On rural roads
  • At night
  • On dual carriageways
  • On motorways

“I found Pass Plus really useful – particularly the experience it gave me driving on motorways, because you don’t cover that as a learner and it’s so different to driving on A roads. The course is much more relaxed than learning to drive and taking the test because it’s more about gaining experience. You’re not being told what to do by your instructor; they’re just there to give you help and guidance if you need it. I felt a lot more comfortable with my driving after doing pass plus and it really helped to boost my confidence each time I got in the car.”
Lilli Atkin, Pass Plus student

If you are interested in taking advantage of the Rutland County Council subsidy for Pass Plus, contact us by emailing: enquiries@rutland.gov.uk or see our Pass Plus Subsidy page

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