Advanced driving course for young Berwickshire drivers

Councillor Donald Moffat supports the young drivers course
Councillor Donald Moffat supports the young drivers course

Duns, the home of the Jim Clark Rally for many years, is hosting the first advanced driver course for young people to be held in Berwickshire

The four date course, which over 100 young Borderers have taken part in so, begins on Sunday, April 24, at Berwickshire Housing Association office, Newtown Street.

SBC joined up with the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) two years ago to offer 17 to 25 year old drivers in the Borders the chance to improve their driving skills, putting in £48,000 of funding so the full £149 fee could be refunded upon completion.

Young drivers in Berwickshire are now being encouraged to sign up to the sponsored scheme.

Inspector John Scott said: “We are delighted to be able to hold the next advanced driver course for young people in Duns.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for those that live in the Berwickshire area to take advantage of this free training which will provide you with the skills to improve your driving ability and keep you safer on our rural roads.

“The Berwickshire Community Safety Panel has supported this initiative, as have Berwickshire Housing Association to allow us the use of their premises .”

“I would appeal to young drivers, parents and guardians and employers to grab this chance to sign up to a course that will not only make young drivers a better, safer driver but could save you money off your insurance premiums.”

Councillor Donald Moffat, SBC’s executive member for community safety, said: “Hosting the advanced driver course in Berwickshire is an excellent idea to widen the geographical spread of the young people taking part in the scheme”.

To sign up go to www.iam.org.uk/skillforlife or phone on 0300 303 1134.