Driver training

Young Driver Training

Young drivers are a very vulnerable road user group and feature highly in the regional casualty statistics.  A number of initiatives have been implemented to tackle this issue.  In County Durham, due to the success of its earlier pilot young driver training scheme, a new and broader scheme has been developed.

The new scheme (EXCELERATE) has been further developed to allow youngsters (aged 15 to 25 years) to join in regardless of where they are in the process of learning to drive.

As part of the scheme, driving instructors from all over the county are being invited to attend a unique training course which will give them additional "coaching skills" to equip them to deliver even better quality driving instruction, and to join the EXCELERATE scheme. More information about the scheme and an on line registration for young drivers can be found on the following site.

Please contact the Road Safety Section for the latest information. 


Safer driving with age (SAGE) for older drivers

Older drivers rank highly in the casualty statistics each year and are vulnerable for a number of reasons. The SAGE scheme is targeted at our mature population. Its aim is to offer older drivers (55+) a driving assessment that will highlight any issues that may put them at a higher risk. The highly trained and friendly instructors will give guidance and encouragement to all drivers to ensure their continued safety on our roads. The scheme is very low cost at only £15 and is open to all mature drivers living in County Durham.

Please contact the Road Safety Section for the latest information.


Driver CPC

The Driver CPC is for LGV and PCV drivers who drive professionally throughout the UK. It has been developed as a requirement of the EU Directive 2003/59, which is designed to improve the knowledge and skills of professional LGV and PCV drivers throughout their working life.

• All bus and coach drivers (PCV) will have to gain this qualification by completing 35 hours of training (five days) before 9 September 2013.
 Licence categories are: D1, D1+E, D, D+E.

•  All truck drivers (PCV) will have to gain this qualification by completing 35 hours of training (five days) before 9 September, 2014.
Licence categories are: C1*, C1+E, C, C+E.

*Includes drivers with acquired rights (pre-1997)

Durham, Hartlepool, Northumberland and Stockton Councils are registered centres for the delivery of periodic CPC training.