Pass Plus Cymru is aimed at 17-to-25 year-olds who live in Rhondda Cynon Taf and have recently passed their driving test
Young motorists in Rhondda Cynon Taf are now much safer and confident on the roads having taken part in the Pass Plus Cymru scheme.
Led by a team of road safety experts and supported by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Road Safety Unit, the higher driving course is designed for young people in a bid to develop their road techniques and to widen their motoring experience.
Cllr Andrew Morgan, Cabinet Member for Frontline Services, said: “As well as reducing road risk and helping gain valuable experience and skills, the young motorists have become far more confident on the roads.
“All those who completed the Pass Plus Cymru courses were presented with a Pass Plus certificate from the Driving Standards Agency (DSA). Completing the course can help young motorists qualify for a motor insurance discount.”
Pass Plus Cymru is aimed at 17-to-25 year-olds who live in Wales and have recently passed their driving test. It is supported by the Welsh Government, along with Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and many other local authorities in Wales.
The cost of the whole course is £20, a massive saving from the normal cost of between £120 and £150, made possible by a special road safety grant from the Welsh Government.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council manages the delivery of Pass Plus Cymru on behalf of the 10 local authorities in Sewta. Last year a total of 767 young motorists completed the course in the Sewta region. Figures for this year so far indicate an increase in the number of young drivers participating in the scheme.
Candidates complete a workshop session for up to three hours of discussing defensive driving issues, as well as looking at driving attitude, before undertaking a practical session of six hours with an Approved Driving Instructor. There is no examination and all candidates are treated as fully-qualified drivers.
Young people taking part in the scheme picked up tips and advice on:
• Heading off on the motorway
• Driving techniques and hazard awareness
• Getting around at night
• Coping with busy towns and cities
• Driving on rural country roads
Further information about the benefits of Pass Plus Cymru and details on how to enroll on the course can be found at www.dragondriver.com or contact Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Road Safety Unit on 01443 494784.