North Yorkshire County Council has joined forces with the 95 Alive York & North Yorkshire Road Safety Partnership to deliver an Enhanced Pass Plus scheme for newly qualified drivers.
The North Yorkshire scheme differs from Pass Plus by insisting that pupils attend a discussion group to discover why newly qualified drivers crash and examine their attitudes to risk taking and driving.
Approved driving instructors (ADIs) who register onto the scheme also have to go through a special training procedure where they look at the causes of crashes involving newly qualified drivers.
Pupils taking part in Enhanced Pass Plus will receive a 50% contribution towards six training hours.
Cllr John Fort, executive member for road safety, said: ”The whole point of this scheme is to take a step forward, to give new drivers a more realistic idea of the threats and responsibilities of driving on our roads. To make putting safety first as automatic as putting on a seat belt and looking in the mirrors.”
David Clark, who will be training the ADIs, added: ”As teenagers we all felt we were invincible and sadly sometimes it takes something to happen close to home to make us realise just how dangerous driving can be. I feel that this scheme addresses a need that has until now been missing.”
For further information contact Janet Gleeson on 01609 798304.