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www.passplus.orgPass Plus is a training scheme for new drivers. It's aim is to improve your driving skills and make you a safer driver. It can lead to insurance discounts.  (See list of participating Insurers at the bottom of the Page)

The scheme has been designed by the Driving Standards Agency ( DSA), with the help of the motor insurance and driving instruction industries, to develop your skills and knowledge in areas where you may have limited experience as a new driver.

As an indicator of it's effectiveness, a recent survey of " L " test candidates showed that of those who had taken pass plus:

  • 93% felt more confident on the road.
  • 89% considered that their driving skills had improved as a result of taking the course

Pass Plus will benefit you by:

  • enabling you to gain quality driving experience safely
  • helping you to become a more skilful driver
  • teaching you how to develop a Positive Driving Style which is both enjoyable and safe
  • reducing your risk of being involved in a road crash
  • saving you money on your insurance premiums (see list of Insurers at bottom of Page)

In order to complete the pass plus scheme you must have already passed your driving test.

The scheme is broken down into 6 modules:

Town drivingYou will be given advice about features of town driving such as

  • multi lane roundabouts
  • unusual roundabouts
  • trams and bus,cycle and Taxi lanes
  • under and over passes

All weather drivingThe aim of this module is to cover all aspects of driving in different weather conditions, including speed and stopping distances in:

  • rain
  • sleet, snow and ice
  • mist and fog
  • bright sunshine

Out of town drivingThis session will cover:

  • pedestrians on roads with no pavements
  • horse riders
  • sharp bends
  • use of the horn
  • slow moving vehicles
  • livestock and other animals
  • use of passing places

Night time drivingThis session covers all aspects of driving in the dark including:

  • the importance of headlights
  • adjusting to the dark
  • driving at dusk and dawn
  • judging speed and distance
  • dazzle
  • parking
  • anticipation and awareness of pedestrians and cyclists etc...

Dual carriage way drivingAreas covered include:

  • effective observation (use of all mirrors, blind spots, scanning the near middle and far distance)
  • judgement and planning ( safe distances)
  • joining and leaving Dual carriage ways
  • overtaking and lane discipline
  • correct use of speed

Motorway drivingAs a new driver you may have never driven on the Motorway. Areas covered include:

  • planning journeys in advance
  • joining and leaving motorways
  • safe speeds in different situations
  • effective observations
  • signs, signals and markings
  • overtaking and lane discipline
  • motorway fatigue
  • breakdown procedures
  • use of lights including hazard warning lights.


£75 subsidy from hampshire county councilHampshire county council are offering a contribution of £75 towards your pass plus course (providing that you meet certain criteria)

pass plusThis is claimed back by me as a registered instructor with the council. This will reduce the cost of your pass plus to £60 for pupils who pass their test with me and only £75 for others making the course very worthwhile. For more information please contact me or Hampshire county council

This contribution is currently not available to residents who fall under the jurisdiction of Southampton or Portsmouth city councils. Post codes in Southampton SO14- SO19

To Qualify:

  •  You must be 17 - 24 years old
  • Have passed your test in the last 12 months
  • Live within the Hampshire County Council local authority area which excludes the unitary authorities of Southampton and Portsmouth

You can apply to join the scheme by completing the form on the Road Safety Site

or call 01962 874600 @: road.safety@hants.gov.uk

They will take your details and confirm that you are eligible and then send you an authorisation form to give to me. 


If you are not from Southampton here is a list of Councils currently participating with Pass plus by offering a subsidy:

Councils Sponsoring PASS PLUS Contact List
Aberdeenshire -For application forms:
Lauren Petrie
Tel:01224 664799
Email: lauren.petrie@aberdeenshire.gov.uk
Website: Aberdeenshire Young Drivers

Tel: 01307 473193
Website: Angus Council Pass Plus Grants

Argyll and Bute
June Graham - Assistant Road Safety Officer
Tel: 01546 604182
Email: june.graham@argyll-bute.org.uk
Website:Argyll-Bute Road Safety Pass Plus

Bath and North East Somerset Council
Road Safety Officer; Traffic and Safety Team
Tel: 01225 394 203;
Email: transportation@bathnes.gov.uk
Website: http://www.bathnes.gov.uk

Bristol City Council
Tom Southerby-Road Safety Officer; Road Safety Team
Tel: 0117 9224383
Email: tom.southerby@bristol.gov.uk
Website: http://www.bristol.gov.uk/roadsafety

Buckinghamshire County Council
June Howlett
Tel: 01296 382338

Cornwall County Council
Tamsin Ferris, Project Co-Ordinator, Pass Plus Subsidy Scheme, Road Safety Unit,Cornwall County Council, CTO Building, Radnor Road,Scorrier, Redruth TR16 5AZ

Cumbria Road Safety Partnership
Rob Lewis
Tel: 01228 673075

Derby Council
Aidan Ryrie - Road Safety ETP Team Leader | Regeneration and Community Department | Derby City Council, Roman House, Friar Gate, Derby, DE1 1XB
Tel: 01332 715023
Email: Aidan.Ryrie@derby.gov.uk

East Dunbartonshire Council
Caroline Brown, Road Safety Training & Education Officer
Tel: 0141 574 5766
Email: passplus@eastdunbarton.gov.uk

Pass Plus Initiative; Jane Greer - Road Safety Manager
Tel: 01592 418511
Email: road.safety@fife.pnn.police.uk

Hampshire County Council
Road Safety Team; Chris Collins
Tel: 01962 874 600
Email: road.safety@hants.gov.uk
Website: http://www.hants.gov.uk/roadsafety

Herefordshire Council
Barbara Isle - Road Safety Officer
Tel: 01432 260946
Email: bisle@herefordshire.gov.uk

Highland Council
Lisa MacKellaich - Road Safety Officer
Tel: 01463 702690
Email: road.safety@highland.gov.uk

Louise McVey, Safer Communities, Inverclyde Council, 40 West Stewart Street, Greenock PA15 1YA
Tel: 01475 715 913
Website: http://www.inverclyde.gov.uk

Kent County Council
Carol Collen - Road Safety Officer
Tel: 01622 798361

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
Gail Wickenden - Driver Training Manager; Highways Safety
Tel: 01484 221155
Email: highway.driver.improvement@kirklees.gov.uk
Website: http://www.kirklees.gov.uk

Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership
Kelvin Allman
Tel: 01522 805800

North Somerset Council
Liz Mapstone, Road Safety Officer
Tel:01934 426910
Email: Elizabeth.mapstone@n-somerset.gov.uk
Website: www.n-somerset.gov.uk/roadsafety

Perth and Kinross
Mr McKeown - Road Safety Officer
Tel: 01738 476500
Website: PKC Roads Pass Plus

Mrs Lesley Hart, Road Safety Officer, Transportation Services, Borough of Poole, St. Johns House, Serpentine Rd, Poole BH15 2DX
Website:Borough of Poole

Shropshire County Council
Eileen Taylor, Road Safety Officer
Tel: 01743 254962

Somerset County Council Rina Cameron,Somerset Road Safety Partnership,Somerset County Council
Tel:01823 423430
Website: www.roadsafetysomerset.org.uk

South Gloucestershire Council
Alan Hale Road, Safety Officer
Tel:01454 863607
Email: alan.hale@southglos.gov.uk

South Lanarkshire Council
Eleanor Gibson
Tel: 01698 453617
Email: Eleanor.Gibson@southlanarkshire.gov.uk

Kevin Wilcox - Road Safety officer; Travelwise Staffordshire County Council Road Safety & Sustainable Travel Unit
Tel: 01785 276617

Sussex Safer Roads Partnership
PO Box 2094, Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 6XT
Neil Hopkins - Communications Manager
East Sussex Tel.01273 481441; West Sussex Tel.01243 382016; Brighton and Hove Tel.01273 292258

Telford & Wrekin Council
Sally Potts, Telford & Wrekin Council, PO Box 212, Darby House, Telford TF3 4LB
Tel: 01952 384 631
Website: www.telford.gov.uk

All Local Authorities in Wales are offering discounted Pass Plus courses which include a 3 hour Workshop Discussion. For further information about the courses and how to book click on

West Dunbartonshire Community Safety Partnership
Emma Macdougall - Community Safety
Tel 01389 742544 ; Fax 01389 742453

West Lothian Council - Westdrive Pass Plus
Ellen Slattery - Road Safety Officer;Lothian & Borders Police Road Safety Unit
Tel: 01506 654867
Email: ellen.slattery@lbp.pnn.police.uk

Worcestershire County Council
Diane Hall
Tel: 01905 766825

The list of authorities taking part in Pass plus sponsorship schemes is growing all the time. Please visit the site again if you don't see your local council here.


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