City of York Council has joined forces with the IAM to offer young drivers a free assessment to improve their confidence and awareness on the roads.
Up to 300 drivers aged between 17-26, who live or work in York, could benefit from the York Momentum scheme over the next two years. The course usually costs £40 per person, but will be funded through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund.
The IAM’s Momentum assessment is specially designed for 17-26 year olds who have passed their basic driving test, and incorporates two modules: an interactive online assessment, followed by an on-road session with an IAM examiner.
Momentum does not involve an exam and there is no risk of failure; it is designed to provide an option for young drivers wishing to improve their confidence, awareness and safety.
Trish Hirst, City of York Council road safety officer, said: “None of us quite expected the reaction the scheme has received. It has been a fantastic first few days with the team sending out more than a 100 application forms. Young drivers in York seem extremely keen to take up this opportunity and we are delighted by the response to the scheme.”
Simon Best, IAM chief executive, said: “This initiative is a good example of the way councils can work in partnership with voluntary organisations to provide services that are increasingly more difficult to provide amidst budget cuts York council recognises the importance of safe driving and the safety of young drivers.”
For further information about Momentum contact Laura Martin, IAM market development manager.