Drivers in Rutland benefit from popular safety scheme

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A scheme that improves the driving skills of newly qualified drivers has recently given out its 1,000th voucher.

Rutland County Council has handed out 1,000 free vouchers for national road safety initiative Pass Plus.

The scheme was introduced by the council in 2008 following a number of fatal car accidents involving young drivers. The initiative has contributed to a 50 per cent reduction in fatalities and serious injuries on the county’s roads over the last 10 years.

The scheme usually costs around £150 for six advanced driving sessions and completing the course can lead to significantly cheaper car insurance.

The council offers new drivers the tuition for free.

Councillor Martyn Pocock, who is in charge of road safety for Rutland County Council, said: “This is great news as it means that more of our young drivers are gaining further training and experience that is needed when you become a new driver.

“Driving on the roads as a new driver can be a daunting experience and I would encourage all young people to take the opportunity to do the Pass Plus scheme as it allows people to gain that bit more experience and confidence on the road.”

To find out more about the scheme and to apply for an application form, call 01572 722577 or e-mail