A North Devon teenager has followed in family footsteps by passing his bus driver test less than three months after turning 18.

George Laughton, 18,  will be driving buses for Taw and Torridge after passing his test. Picture: Matt SmartGeorge Laughton, 18, will be driving buses for Taw and Torridge after passing his test. Picture: Matt Smart

George Laughton passed his PCV test on Wednesday, meaning he can drive for family-owned Taw and Torridge just 14 months after passing his car driving test.

George has followed in the foosteps of his father Chris, mother Tracey, uncle Mark and grandfather Tony Hunt, who all passed the test at the age of 18.

His first outing will be a familiar one too – with the Merton teenager taking on his old school run on Monday morning.

“I’m quite excited,” said George.

George Laughton, 18,  will be driving buses for Taw and Torridge after passing his test. Picture: Matt SmartGeorge Laughton, 18, will be driving buses for Taw and Torridge after passing his test. Picture: Matt Smart

“It’s quite a big thing, taking people to school, but I think it’s good that you can do it at this age/

“I don’t think it’s very common, because you have to be in with a company to be able to do it at the age of 18. But I’ve been around coaches ever since I was very little.”

George will have to wait before he can go too far though, with his age limiting him to school runs. He will be able to do UK trips when he turns 20, and journeys abroad once he turns 21.

George added: “I get two years to build experience and learn it all before I can carry on.

“I think it will make me a better driver. Most young drivers get a bad reputation, so I think it’s good for someone of my age to do something extra and be recognised in a driving job.