Before anyone can legally drive a vehicle on the road they need
a driving licence for the type of vehicle they are driving, meet
the age criteria and have the required standard of eye sight.
To drive a car or larger vehicle unaccompanied they must have
passed a driving test..The rules for those that passed a test
outside Great Britain are explained in detail on GOV.UK/Driving
Licenses website (opens in a new window).
The driving test has been around since 1935 and when introducing
it the then Minister of Transport Leslie Hore-Belisha said,
“Driving is a skill in which those who are engaged should, in
the interest of their own and of the public’s safety, take the
greatest pains to make themselves proficient.”
Whilst the driving test has under gone many changes over the
years and there is no doubt that these along with many other
advances in road safety have made Great Britain's roads much safer,
passing the test should not be seen as the end of a driver's
education but perhaps the end of the beginning.
Bedford Borough Council's Road Safety Team believe that the very
beginning starts BEFORE anyone gets behind the wheel of a car or
rides a motorcycle. The team run local initiatives and supports
national campaigns to influence attitudes and behaviours rather
than the physical skills to safely ride or drive. Click on the link
below to find out more.
Xccelerate (for young people between 16 and
Good riding or driving is can only be developed with additional
practice and coaching.
To this end Bedford Borough Council Road Safety Team continues
its commitment and support for both :-
- RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders ( RoADAR) , and the Institute
of Advanced Motoring (IAM) who provide low cost ways of improving
- These organisations operate local groups who can give guidance
and support to encourage the improvement of driving skills in a
- By passing the advanced driving course you will be a far safer
driver and may be able to negotiate a discount for your car
Details of the local IAM and RoADAR groups can be found here
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Driving safely cannot be thought of as an add-on extra' it has
to be built into the way you drive, the way you think, your
approach and attitude to road safety.
Bedford Borough Council Road Safety