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Pass Plus scheme for car drivers

The Pass Plus scheme is aimed at new drivers to help them become better drivers. To join Pass Plus you need to find an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) to train you. Your ADI will help you complete the six training modules to pass the training course.

About Pass Plus

Pass Plus is an established training course aimed at new drivers. It was designed by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) with the help of insurers and the driving instruction industry.

Statistics show that new drivers are more likely to have an accident in the first two years after passing their test, due to lack of driving experience.

Pass Plus builds on your skills and knowledge. It will teach you how to anticipate, plan for and deal with all kinds of hazards, to help you become a more confident driver.

Who can do Pass Plus training

You can take a Pass Plus course at any time, but it’s mainly aimed at new drivers in the first year after passing their test.

Pass Plus modules

Pass Plus consists of six modules about driving in different conditions:

  • in town
  • in all weathers 
  • on rural roads
  • at night
  • on dual carriageways
  • on motorways

The cost of a Pass Plus course

Your Pass Plus course fees will vary depending on where you live, the instructor or driving school you choose, and how long your training takes. The course takes at least six hours.

All local authorities in Wales, and some local authorities in England and Scotland, can offer you help with Pass Plus course fees. 

Applying for Pass Plus and choosing an instructor

To join Pass Plus, you need to choose an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) to train you. The ADI must be registered with the DSA as a Pass Plus instructor, and they must also have their ADI 'green badge'.

When you are deciding on a suitable ADI, first check whether your local authority supports Pass Plus.

If it does support Pass Plus, it will usually help you with course costs if you choose a Pass Plus ADI from your local authority's list.

If it doesn't support Pass Plus, then you need to choose a Pass Plus instructor by asking the ADI who taught you to drive. You could also ask a local driving school, or by checking local commercial publications, local newspaper adverts and websites. The DSA does not provide lists of instructors.

You can check whether an ADI is a registered Pass Plus instructor by telephoning the DSA Pass Plus Section on 0115 936 6504. The DSA will need the instructor's name and ADI number to check for you.

How you'll be instructed

Pass Plus Pupil's Guide

At the start of your course, your instructor will give you a copy of the 'Pass Plus Pupil's Guide'. This contains detailed information about all aspects of Pass Plus.

Duration

Pass Plus training will take at least six hours, though it can take longer if your instructor thinks it's necessary.

The training sessions

Pass Plus is a practical course and all modules should be practical sessions. However, local conditions and time of year may mean that some modules need to be given as a theory session. A theory session could be given if there is no motorway nearby. Generally at least five and a half out of six hours should be spent in the car.

You will not have to take a test at the end of the course but you will be continually assessed during the modules.

Recording progress

Your instructor will complete a training report form that you’ll sign and date when you reach the required standard in each module. To pass the course you'll need to reach a satisfactory standard in all the course modules. You’ll be given a progress record to help you to keep track of your progress throughout the course.

At the end of your training

On successfully completing your training you'll be sent your Pass Plus certificate to claim your discount on your car insurance policy.

You should also consider working towards your Advanced Driving Test. Passing this test would take your driving skills to a higher level, and provide you with further financial benefits.

Enquiries about Pass Plus

If you have questions about Pass Plus you are welcome to contact the DSA Pass Plus section.

Telephone
0115 936 6504

Email
passplus@dsa.gsi.gov.uk

Post
Pass Plus Team
DSA
112 Upper Parliament Street
Nottingham
NG1 6LP

Provided by the Driving Standards Agency

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