While there has been a 1% overall improvement in relation to deaths and injuries on Kent's roads in 2015, the number of 17-24 year-olds killed or seriously injured has increased by 16% in the same year. This group accounted for 23% of all vehicle occupants killed or seriously injured last year.
Over a 10-year period the number of people killed or seriously injured on Kent's roads has been reduced by more than 50% thanks to strong co-operation between, Kent County Council, Medway Council, Kent Police, Kent Fire Brigade and Highways England, working together as the Casualty Reduction Partnership. However, recent cuts in government finance to support road safety initiatives is now preventing any significant ongoing improvement.
Kent County Council have re-acted to the increasing numbers of young people killed or seriously injured on our roads and introduced a new initiative aimed at young drivers. Details are as follows:
- Young drivers up to the age of 21 can now take advantage of the benefits a Pass Plus driving course.Kent County Council's Road Safety team has extended the age range for subsidised training of Pass Plus to 21 year olds.
- Educational commitments mean many young people are learning to drive later. Pass Plus in Kent is being subsidised by £60 to encourage young drivers to take the additional training and hopefully become safer drivers.
- The course is six hours in total and delivered by Approved Driving Instructors over several sessions.
- It is taken after people have passed their driving test and instructs on motorway driving, town and country driving, all weather and night driving.
- Residents in the Kent County Council area who have passed their driving test within the last 12 months and are aged 17-21 can apply by clicking here. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
To qualify for the £60 discount you must:
- be aged between 17-21
- have passed your test within the last 12 months
- live in the Kent County Council catchment area (excluding Medway)
- use an approved driving instructor registered with KCC
- register with Kent County Council before starting the Pass Plus course to receive your unique driver reference number. Your instructor will need this number before training. The number is only valid for 3 months
- understand that the cost of any additional training (more than 6 hours) must be paid for by you.
Terms and conditions: Kent County Council reserve the right to cease the Pass Plus subsidy scheme at any time.