BGAM-Cleland-SBC

Scottish Borders Young Driver Initiative

Scottish Borders Council
   
Who is eligible?

Any driver under 26 years of age, normally resident in the Borders, who holds a full UK driving licence and has no driving related court proceedings pending

How long will the scheme run?

No end date has been set

What does it cost?

At the end of the day the cost is zero. You must pay for the IAM “Advanced Driving” package at £149, but it is refunded on passing the Advanced Driving Test at the end of the process. The pass rate so far has been close to 100%.

What do I get?
  • A half-day intensive, Interactive, Advanced Theory session followed by half a day of practical work
  • Free coaching to (at least) Advanced Test standard spread over a further 3 sessions a fortnight apart. This is similar to the process for all who sign up to this Advanced Driving Course but the Young Driver Initiative means that at the end of the process as well as your Test Pass certificate you will receive a cheque from our sponsor, Scottish Borders Council, to refund the initial cost.
  • The test fee
  • Associate membership of the IAM for one year, which converts to Full membership on passing the test
  • Membership of Borders Group of Advanced Motorists for one year
  • A superb Advanced Driving handbook
  • Immediate access to a range of benefits and after passing the test most drivers are eligible for significant insurance premium discounts.
When do these courses take place?

Throghout the year. The next two courses in 2017 start on Tuesday 2nd and Sunday 7th May.

How likely is it that I will pass the test?

At the time of writing, almost every driver we have put through the scheme has passed first time
Is the test much like the 'L' test?
Not really. The examiner will be a Police Class 1 traffic officer, trained as an IAM examiner and will do his best to set you at your ease. He will be hoping to pass you, not looking to fail you and the test will be more like two driving enthusiasts enjoying an hour's run on interesting roads. At the end of the test, if you meet the required standard, he will tell you that you will be recommended for Full Membership. He will also give you some useful feedback and suggestions to further improve your driving.

I don't have a high performance car - is that a problem?

Absolutely not. This is about high-performance driving, not high-performance cars. All you need is a roadworthy car capable of attaining and sustaining the national speed limit

You haven't answered the question I had in mind - how do I find out more?
  • Contact our Course Coordinator. We can also arrange a demo drive by one of our Observers which is often the best way of answering your questions - and showing you that we're most certainly NOT a bunch of cloth-capped pipe-smoking fuddy-duddies who crawl around everywhere at 45 mph!!
"Skill with Responsibility"