Jamie Pursey, son of BorderBus owner Andrew Pursey, has passed his PCV driving test at the age of just 18 years and 34 days – leading his proud father to ask whether Jamie is the youngest person ever to have passed.
Andrew notes that Jamie’s success is all the more notable when the festive period between his 18th birthday and him sitting the test is considered. The good news came at the first time of asking on 26 January, with the test having been taken in a Caetano Levante coach that was kindly loaned by Karl Griffin and Ross Newman of Ensignbus.
Jamie plans to continue his A-levels at college but will drive part-time for Borderbus from its Beccles, Suffolk base at weekends and on other days away from college. “Jamie will probably join the family business at some stage, but he certainly seems keener to be behind the wheel rather than a computer screen,” says Andrew.
Jamie is not the only 18-year-old to have passed his PCV test in recent months, but it is thought that he may indeed be the youngest.
In May 2021, Jake Temple, son of Connexions Buses Managing Director Craig Temple, gained his Category D entitlement at the age of 18 years and four months. Later that year Kraish Symes achieved the feat with Transdev Blazefield and joined its subsidiary The Keighley Bus Company.
Is Jamie the youngest person to have passed his PCV test, or do you know of someone who did so sooner? Email firstname.lastname@example.org