100 up for young driver course

Published: Tuesday, 5th January 2016

Young people have improved their skills and become safer drivers.

The number of 17 to 25 year olds from the region to have passed our sponsored advanced driver course reached the three-figure mark.

Latest passes

A total of 13 young people from 11 Borders communities negotiated the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) initiative in December, including Sarah Dagg of Newtown St Boswells and Jedburgh’s Elspeth McLachlan, who both achieved class one passes.

The next courses begin in March 2016 with dates also available throughout the year.

The training usually costs £149 but is offered free in the Borders thanks to Council funding, one of the first local authorities in Scotland to offer such sponsorship.

Paul Richardson, our Community Safety Officer

“The aim of the advanced driver course is to reduce the number of serious injuries and deaths involving young drivers on the region’s roads.

“Having more than 100 young people with improved driving skills can only help to achieving this goal.

“Former British Touring Car champion John Cleland supports the benefits of the scheme, which also offers potentially cheaper car insurance.

“There are plenty chances to sit the course during 2016, with details on the Council’s website.”

Signing up

  • Anyone wishing to sign up on the advanced driver course can visit IAM website or phone on 0300 303 1137.
  • Further information is also available at our dedicated webpage.


Photos of the latest advanced driver passes are available from our Flickr page.

The young drivers to pass in December are:

  • Gavin McQuarrie (Duns)
  • Nathan Dakin (Peebles)
  • Beth Young (Kelso)
  • Sarah Dagg (Newtown St. Boswells)
  • Caris Cummings (Cardrona)
  • Chloe Scott (Galashiels)
  • Elspeth McLachlan (Jedburgh)
  • Rebecca Kennedy (Earlston)
  • Beth Patterson (Melrose)
  • Callum Stewart (Innerleithen)
  • Gordon Heatlie (Kelso)
  • Dean Moir (Galashiels)
  • Finn Turner (Melrose)