A Hutton Cranswick teenager is believed to be the youngest person in the UK to have passed a CPCS digger driving test.
14-year-old Katie Simpson of Main Street, Hutton Cranswick, passed her CPCS digger test back in November, just two weeks after her 14th birthday.
The Driffield School pupil first became interested in driving a digger aged 12 after watching her father, Nick Simpson, use a digger in his work as a civil engineer.
Katie’s sister, 17-year-old Holly Simpson, said: “This may not seem like a big deal however we believe that she is the youngest person to do so. This came about when she was around 12, wanting to be independent she decided that she wanted to be able to drive the digger we have and not just watch our dad drive it.”
Katie, who is a year nine pupil at Driffield School, first attempted to take the test aged 12 but was told she was too young to take the health and safety touch screen test until she was 13 so could not move on to prepare for her practical exam.
Holly added: “After she turned 13 there was a lot of studying for her to do in order to pass at operative level and a couple of weeks after her 14th birthday she took her test and passed. This was brilliant news for us all and she was immensely pleased.”
James Harvey from Harvey Training Ltd based in Malton guided Katie through her training and commented on how well the teenager was doing. Mr Harvey also said that he believes Holly is the youngest person in the UK to take the test.
In the future Katie plans to follow in the footsteps of her father, and despite not being able to use a digger on a building site until she turns 18, is already well prepared for the future.
Holly said: “I do believe that she will enjoy the freedom of going on the digger and will use it a lot in the future.”
Proud father Mr Simpson added: “She had done quite a bit of training before she wanted to take the test the first time and then did two weeks before she took it.
“She has put a lot of effort in – we are all very proud. Her trainer said how well she was doing and that he believes she is the youngest in the country to take the test never mind pass.
“I think she will go on to work with diggers in the future, she can’t go on a site until she is 18 but as soon as she turns 18 she will be able to do it now.”