Congratulations to Philip Barnes who passed the Skill for Life advanced driving test on 3rd October. He is the first of ten young drivers to complete the training, all of whom were funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl.

Skill for Life is run by Gloucestershire Group Advanced Motorists (IAM) and teaches improved driving skills to young people.

The Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl has provided funding for ten drivers under the age of 26 to complete the course. The chosen participants had to hold a full driver’s license and could not have otherwise afforded the £149 fee.

Mr Surl said,

“The funded places are part of my commitment to safe and social driving in the county, which is something that affects us all.

“I think it’s essential that every young person has a good understanding of what it takes to be a safe driver.

“The IAM training helps inexperienced drivers develop the skills and awareness to be safer on our roads.”

Philip commenced his training on 22nd July and passed with a F1RST.  His Observer was Sylvia Martin.

Five more young drivers have begun their training with Gloucester IAM and four are learning with the Cirencester Group.