GOLD programme to help Norfolk’s older drivers

Norfolk County Councillor for Diss and Roydon Jenny Chamberlin, with driving assessor Kevin O'Brien ANL-150202-160640001
Norfolk County Councillor for Diss and Roydon Jenny Chamberlin, with driving assessor Kevin O'Brien ANL-150202-160640001
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A scheme which aims to inspire confidence and refresh driving skills in older motorists has been given a test-drive by a Diss and Roydon councillor in a bid to promote it.

Launched in 2013, the Guidance for Older Drivers (GOLD) programme is organised by Norfolk County Council, designed for over 55s, and can cover areas such as night time driving, negotiating roundabouts and junctions, or dealing with complex road systems. People can sign up or be referred to the scheme by a family member, while the programme will not see people lose their licences.

Jenny Chamberlin, Norfolk County Councillor for Diss and Roydon, who had a drive with an assessor on Monday, told the Diss Express: “Bear in mind it was 40-plus years since I took my test and I’ve not been assessed since.

“At the end of it the instructor will talk me through some things that I might change in a written report, so it’s nothing but good.”

Mrs Chamberlin, who is also chairman of the Road Casualty Reduction Partnership Board at the county council, said it was a positive experience, adding: “There is always room for improvement and reminders.”

Driving assessor Kevin O’Brien added: “They get the chance for an assessor like myself, who is a fleet qualified trainer, to look at their driving, look at any aspects in there where they might have some bad habits, mention them, and see what can we do to change it.”

To register interest in the GOLD scheme, call 0344 800 8020 or visit https://online.norfolk.gov.uk/GOLDprogramme. It costs £29, but can be free if referred by a doctor.