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Friday 21 May 2010


‘Xtra’ support is on the way for young drivers, thanks to a partnership involving Cheshire East Council.

Cheshire Safer Roads Partnership (CSRP), of which the Authority is a partner, is to part-fund 'Pass Plus Xtra'; a theory course designed to improve the driving skills, experience and awareness of young drivers. The course offers a discount towards the cost of achieving a Pass Plus.

The course is available to 17 to 25 year olds who live in Cheshire, who have recently passed their driving test.

Once completed, the new driver will be given a voucher entitling them to complete the Pass Plus with an instructor, recommended by Cheshire East Council’s Road Safety Unit, at a discounted rate.

The next available theory session will be at Macclesfield Fire Station HQ on Thursday, June 10, 6pm until 8:40pm.

Cheshire East Councillor, Rod Menlove, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Environmental Services, said:

“As drivers, we can all benefit from better road knowledge but this is very important for new drivers; learning about how to drive on motorways and during certain weather conditions can be the difference between staying safe or being involved in a collision.

“Some insurance companies offer a discount on car insurance for those who complete a Pass Plus within 12 months of passing their driving test. Pass Plus Xtra is a great opportunity for young drivers to complete their Pass Plus and save some money in the process.”

Senior Road Safety Officer for Cheshire East Council, Andrea Gray, said:

“Statistics show that new drivers are more likely to have a crash in the first two years of passing their test than at any other time in their driving career.

“Pass Plus Xtra aims to build on existing skills, knowledge and experience to help reduce the risk of being involved in a crash.”

A limited number of places are available and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To book a place contact the Young Drivers Co-ordinator, James Stenning on 01244 977177 or e-mail for further details

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