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IAM buys Professional Driver Services

Road safety charity the IAM has bought driver training company Professional Driver Services for an undisclosed sum, within days of AA DriveTech buying Peak Performance.

Professional Driver Services (PDS) will continue to operate from its offices in the Vale of Glamorgan, delivering driver retraining courses and administration services as well as training for the commercial sector.

A new company, IAM Driver Retraining Academy Limited, also based from PDS’s offices, has been created to focus on the Driver Retraining market, delivering courses on behalf of the Police and local authorities, building upon PDS’s performance in this market.

The deal comes in the wake of AA DriveTech, the post-test driver training arm of the AA, acquiring Chesterfield-based driver training specialists Peak Performance for an undisclosed sum.

IAM chief executive Simon Best said “Offering training to drivers and riders that clearly need it most is a perfect fit with our charitable objectives. We have combined the expertise of an existing provider in driver retraining delivery and administration with the IAM’s experience in delivering post licence driver training in both the retail and corporate sectors.”

Kath Pavitt, PDS director said, “We are delighted to be merging with the IAM. Their culture, vision for the future and their clear objective of improving road safety for all road users was much aligned with our own organisational beliefs. We are all excited and looking forward to working with the IAM.”

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