Spots available for Young Driver Programme

3 March 2017

Entries have opened for the 2017 Central Otago Young Driver skills programme based at Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell. Managed by a coalition of local businesses, car enthusiasts, community road safety, the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) and the Police, this popular and successful programme is now in its fifth year.​

The culmination of the driver skills training programme will be the awarding of two titles – Most Improved Driver and Best Young Driver.

Winning either of these titles will earn the recipient $350 worth of MTA vouchers and the opportunity to have a FASTLaps session at Highlands Motorsport Park. A further $150 in MTA vouchers will go to the runner up in each category.

Community Road Safety Advisor Jo Robinson said the programme offers participants a fun, varied and hands-on learning experience.

"The aim is to improve a driver's skills – no matter what their level of experience is as they go into the programme."​

Local employers are now being asked to nominate staff members in the 16-25 age bracket to take part in the two days of skills training, scheduled for Wednesday 29 March and Sunday 2 April 2017.

The programme itself will be broken down into 14 different modules with a mix of theory and practical content, then skill tests.

The programme is limited to 24 entries and nominations close on Wednesday 22 March.

If you wish to nominate a young driver, please contact Jo Robinson on (03) 440 0653 or email

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