Article date: 15 March 2007
The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has renewed atwo-year contract with BSM in which it will provide intensivedriver training courses to MOD soldiers.
The £5 million deal, which was agreed after a tender process, seesBSM providing 95 driving instructors across the MOD’s 20Defensive School of Transport’s sites in the south of thecountry – reinforcing BSM’s position as the largestsingle supplier of driving instructors.
As part of their phase two training, MOD soldiers are requiredto pass a B and B plus E category licence, which allows them tooperate a single motor vehicle or a motor vehicle with a trailer– a crucial element in progressing with the MOD.
BSM instructors will provide students with a rigorous teachingprogramme, consisting of seven and half hours driving per day, foreight consecutive days before sitting a test. The MOD is requestingan 85% pass rate for their soldiers - BSM’s successive trackrecord in intensive training in this area ensures over a 90% passrate.
Mike Walden, training manager for the Defensive School of Transport- south, said: “BSM has provided a constant supply ofinstructors to meet our normal throughput and provided additionalresources to meet our operational requirement. Over the years, theyhave consistently improved the pass rate.”
Andy James, commercial director at BSM, said: “This winstrengthens BSM’s position as a market leader in the drivertraining industry, and reflects our commitment and expertise.
“Working with our instructors, providing intensive trainingto increase pass rates, helps ensure that BSM always meets theneeds of its partners.”
BSM/RAC Press office contacts:
Lucy Haughey on 01603354337/07800 690 149 and Adam Cracknell on 01603 684 916/07800 699517
Notes to editors:
Founded in 1910, BSM is the UK's mostexperienced national driving school. Each year it teaches over160,000 learners how to drive. It has approx. 3,400 drivinginstructors across the UK.
While BSM is best known for teaching learner drivers, it is alsoone of the largest providers of training for driving instructors.It is a founding member of ORDIT (Official Registry of DrivingInstructor Training) and plays an active role in lobbying theGovernment on road safety and learner driver-related issues.
With around seven million members,RAC is one of the UK's most progressive motoring organisations,providing services for both private and business motorists. Whetherit's roadside assistance, windscreen repair and replacement,learning to drive, vehicle inspections and checks, legal andfinancial services or up-to-the-minute traffic and travelinformation - RAC is able to meet motorists' needs. RACincorporates BSM, RAC Auto Windscreens, RAC Direct Insurance andHPI.
Aviva bought RAC in May 2005. The acquisition brings together RAC'spowerful brand and customer base with the expertise and leadingposition in motor insurance of Norwich Union Insurance (part ofAviva). Norwich Union is the UK's largest insurer, insuring one inseven motor vehicles and with a market share of around 14%.
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