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Young Drivers: We'll give you £££ to improve your driving - take the Pass Plus Course

As part of their contribution to improving the driving standards of under 25s and helping them become more confident drivers, all of the Community Safety Groups in Aberdeenshire are offering financial support to drivers under the age of 25 taking the Pass Plus course.

The Aberdeenshire Community Safety Partnership is running a PILOT TRIAL offering £150 towards the cost of the Pass Plus driving course for young drivers under 25 years of age.

The cost of taking the Pass Plus course is usually £150 and upwards.

Please note that Buchan area applications will, for the time being, be processed by the Garioch & North Marr Community Safety Group.

Please note that the grants are only available while funds last.

Pass Plus builds on your skills and knowledge. It will teach you how to anticipate, plan for and deal with all kinds of hazards, to help you become a more confident driver. It could also result in lower car insurance costs, as some insurance companies are offering discounts for new drivers with a Pass Plus certificate.

You should have received information on the Pass Plus scheme when you passed your practical driving test but further details can be obtained from the Pass Plus web site if necessary.

Find out about the six Pass Plus modules which will teach you how to drive in situations that are not covered in the Driving Test.

Watch a video about Pass Plus.

Find out how you might save money on your car insurance.

Read what young drivers think about the benefits of the Pass Plus course.

You can use this link to find contact details for Pass Plus instructors. Please note that the list is NOT comprehensive and there are many more Pass Plus instructors in the area. Note to Pass Plus instructors, it might be in your interests to add your name to the list.

To apply please e-mail your contact details (address including your post code and a telephone number), age (date of birth), driving licence number, the date you passed your driving test and tell us where you heard about our financial support for Pass Plus to: passplus@aberdeenshirecommunitysafety.org.uk

Please note that, to qualify for financial support, you must apply for funding BEFORE arranging the course. Please note that the £150 grant is only available while funds last.

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Young Drivers

The seven Community Safety Groups in Aberdeenshire have expressed concern regarding the large number of road traffic collisions in the North East of Scotland. We are particularly concerned about the number of young people, newly qualified drivers and their passengers, who have been killed or injured on North East roads.

In 2006, 40% of the fatalities were 25 years or under.

We feel that the only way to help prevent this carnage is to introduce strict regulations for newly qualified drivers so that they get the opportunity to gain driving experience after they pass the driving test. Such regulations could include:
  • compulsory ‘P’ plates for a fixed period of time after passing the Driving Test
  • restrictions on the size of car engine
  • restrictions on modifications to a car
  • restrictions on carrying passengers for a fixed period.

As a consequence, a letter has been sent to all Members of Parliament in the North of Scotland urging them to press for the law to be changed with regard to newly qualified drivers.

A copy of the letter and an attachment (the OECD’s Transport Research Centre document entitled "Young Drivers, The Road to Safety" published earlier this year) is available online.PDF file

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