Scottish Borders Council (SBC) has allocated almost £50,000 to incentivise young drivers to take an advanced driver course provided by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).
Any driver under 26 years of age living in the Scottish Borders can take part in the four-session Skill for Life course, and if the driver passes the fee of £149 is refunded in full by SBC.
SBC says the scheme, which began earlier this year and is supported by former British Touring Car champion John Cleland, has attracted interest from other councils in Scotland.
Paul Richardson, SBC’s community safety officer, said: “These young people now have skills which ensure they will be safer drivers, which will benefit them for the rest of their lives.
“Along with additional skills, there is also the potential for cheaper car insurance.”
Pat Doughty, IAM operations director, said: “The course not only helps improve their skills and anticipation, but also confidence, which means driving can be a more enjoyable experience. More than 400,000 have taken the advanced driver course across the UK.”