Investing in Our Youth was given an unexpected but welcome gift on Thursday when JSW Training and Community Services donated a dual control car to its RYDE program.

“We had this car for a few years when we used to offer a driving program to our clients, but we lost funding for that quite a few years ago,” JSW chief executive Posy Barnes said.

“We’ve been using this car as a pool car and a run around, but when I met up with the RYDE program I thought it would be a much better fit for them because it’s been set up as a teaching car.”

The blue Kia Rio features pedals on both sides of the car, meaning driving instructors and supervisors can control the vehicle’s speed, acceleration and braking when necessary.

RYDE project manager Semara Murphy was blown away by the generosity of the donation and said the vehicle gift took the program’s car count to six.

“Another vehicle means we can potentially add another location.” she said.

“We have Bunbury up and running, we’re a couple of weeks off Busselton being in the same boat and we’re in meetings with Manjimup at the moment and possibly Harvey.

“Capel has also showed an interest, so there is demand across the board for this program and the more cars we have, the further we can take it.”

The RYDE Program has been designed to help young people complete the compulsory 50 log book hours while on L plates.