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British School of Motoring changes hands

BSM has been sold to German company Arques Industries

British School of Motoring one of the country’s best known driving schools was sold earlier this week to Arques Industries. BSM as it is known was founded in 1910 by Stanley Roberts. His first client was a coachman who was switching from a horse drawn carriage to a motorised vehicle.

His business was given a boost in the 1930’s when the government introduced the Highway Code and then followed with driving tests. The first person to pass a test was Mr Beene who was trained with the driving school.

More than one in seven British drivers are thought to pass their test with BSM, which conducts more than four million lessons each year and signs up 130,000 new drivers annually. The company, which employs more than 600 people across Britain in 96 local centers and its Bristol head office, says that someone passes a driving test with it every two minutes.

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