Advanced motorists celebrate success of youngest member

Advanced Drivers: Andrew Conlan being presented with his certificate by Mike McIntosh and Sandy Thain.
Advanced Drivers: Andrew Conlan being presented with his certificate by Mike McIntosh and Sandy Thain.

Members of Banff and Buchan Advanced Motorist Group are celebrating following the success of their youngest member who recently passed his advanced test with flying colours.

Andrew Conlan (18) from Strichen was presented with his Institute of Advanced Motorists certificate by Mike McIntosh from Banff who had also just been presented with his certificate and vice chairman, Sandy Thain from Strichen.

Group Secretary Jane Ironside told the Herald: “The Banff and Buchan group of advanced motorists has been on the go for over 30 years now.

“We started out as a sub group of the Moray Group based in Elgin but branched out on our own when we had enough members.

“Covering an area from Portsoy to Hatton incorporating Turriff as well, we have approximately 20 members, who age from 18 to over 80.

“Each new member is allocated an observer as close to their home area as possible who then guides them to Test standard. Observed runs, last up to 90 minutes and on average six to eight runs get members to test readiness. The total cost is £139 which includes membership of the IAM and the local group for 1 year, all training manuals and the Advanced driving Test which lasts around 90 minutes.

“A few years ago we had a member from Banff who sailed through the advanced test aged over 90, recently we had another aged 77 also pass with flying colours.”

The Banff and Buchan Group of Advanced Motorists meet in the Myrus Pavilion in Macduff at 7.30 pm on the second Thursday of every month from March until December. Jane added: “The next meeting is Thursday August 11 and all drivers are invited to come along and have their driving skills assessed for free.”

For further information contact Jane (Group Secretary) on 01346 541473 or Bill (Group Chairman) on 01261 833783.