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Road safety schemes acclaimed at Young Driver Awards’ ceremony

The 2016 FirstCar Award winners
The 2016 FirstCar Award winners

Six road safety initiatives were recognised at the 2016 First Car Young Driver Awards ceremony which was held during the Young Driver Focus 2016 event on 20 April.

Now in its second year, the awards’ scheme recognises the efforts of road safety professionals to reduce casualties among young drivers.

Sponsored by Road Safety Support (RSS), the 2016 awards were presented by James Evans, founder of FirstCar, and Med Hughes, executive director of Road Safety Support.

The best new scheme award went to Bournemouth Borough Council (below) for the Life Drive programme which provides enhanced theory and practical driver training for 17-25 year olds who have already passed their test, to help them understand why collisions happen and how to avoid them.

The sustainable intervention award recognises schemes with a long-term commitment from management, coupled with sufficient human and material resource and a contingency strategy that will maintain the programme. The award went to The Honest Truth, a charity working in partnership to improve road safety, using the idea that ‘small changes save lives’.

The private sector initiative was awarded to the RED Driving School for Road Brain Trainer (RBT) which has benefited more than 34,000 RED learners. A study has shown that RBT users have more professional training and pass their practical driving test with fewer attempts.

The partnership scheme award recognises initiatives which involve other organisations or individuals in development and delivery, and incorporates a wider community involvement. The award went to Fife Council for Safe Drive Stay Alive, an annual multi-agency road safety event.

The education and training initiative recognises schemes that provide education or training within a classroom setting, in or on a vehicle, in a simulator or real-world setting. The award was presented to Transport for Buckinghamshire for Get in Gear, a post-test course which gives new drivers the ability to evaluate their own driving and make safer driving choices.

The best young driver campaign went to Kent County Council for ‘Don’t Let Drugs take the Driving Seat’, which raises awareness of the impairment that substances have on driving ability.

Thursday 21st April 2016

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YDF speaker lineup almost finalised

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With a little over two-months until the event, the speaker lineup for Young Driver Focus 2016 is almost complete.

Young Driver Focus 2016 is being held at the RAC Club in London’s Pall Mall, courtesy of the RAC Foundation, on Wednesday 20 April 2016.

The event is organised by Road Safety GB in partnership with FirstCar and in association with ingenie. It is sponsored by the MIB and supported by stakeholders including the DfT, Road Safety Scotland, RoadSafe, RoSPA, PACTS and IAM.

The latest confirmed speaker is Christina Brown, RoSPA’s road safety evaluation officer.

Christina is an experienced research and evaluation professional who holds a Masters of Research in Psychology. Prior to working at RoSPA she conducted numerous research and evaluation projects within the energy and medical sectors.

Within RoSPA, Christina supports those working in road safety to conduct their own evaluation projects, primarily through the E-valu-it toolkit but also through evaluation training and individual project advice.

Christina also leads RoSPA’s independent evaluation consultancy, conducting independent evaluation projects on behalf of road safety professionals.

Christina’s presentation will outline the importance of evaluation, using a case study of an evaluation RoSPA recently completed of Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership’s young driver education programme.

Attending Young Driver Focus

More than 150 people have already registered to attend Young Driver Focus 2016. The venue has a capacity of around 200 and the event is expected to be fully subscribed. The delegate fee for Road Safety GB and Academy members is just £100 and for other attendees £150 (both prices plus VAT).

Click here to register to attend, or here for information about exhibiting alongside the conference. Alternatively, for more information contact Sally Bartrum (delegate registration), Nick Rawlings (agenda & speakers) or Richard Storrs (exhibition).

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YDF presentation will examine the potential for safety technologies to reduce casualties among young drivers

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The latest confirmed speaker for Young Driver Focus 2016* will outline the characteristics of collisions involving young car drivers and consider the potential for vehicle safety systems to prevent the injuries experienced by this group.

Richard Cuerden, TRL’s chief scientist and research director, will deliver the presentation at the event in central London on 20 April.

Richard Cuerden has worked in road safety and vehicle engineering research for more than 20 years and leads a diverse portfolio of research and consultancy projects.

His work ranges from establishing European regulatory durability standards to ensure tail-pipe emissions remain within the mandated pollutant limits for the life of the vehicle, to coordinating the collection and analysis of in-depth road collision data for the DfT.

Richard has a strong track record of identifying safety design priorities based on real world evidence and has a wealth of knowledge and expertise with respect to vehicle technologies and accident and injury prevention.

In 2015, Richard’s published work included helping to draft the European Union’s eCall type-approval regulation, and quantifying how many road casualties will be prevented if minimum secondary safety standards are adopted in the world’s emerging markets.

His presentation at Young Driver Focus, ‘Young car drivers and safety technologies – what are the challenges?’, will outline the characteristics of collisions involving young car drivers in Great Britain and consider the potential for vehicle safety systems and technologies to prevent and/or mitigate the real world injuries experienced.

*Young Driver Focus 2016

Young Driver Focus 2016 is being held at the prestigious RAC Club in London’s Pall Mall, courtesy of the RAC Foundation, on Wednesday 20 April 2016. The event is organised by Road Safety GB in partnership with FirstCar and in association with ingenie. It is sponsored by the MIB and supported by stakeholders including the DfT, Road Safety Scotland, RoadSafe, RoSPA, PACTS and IAM.

The cost to attend for Road Safety GB and Academy members is just £100 and for other attendees £150 (both prices plus VAT).

Click here to register to attend, or here for information about exhibiting alongside the conference. For more information contact Sally Bartrum (delegate registration), Nick Rawlings (agenda & speakers) or Richard Storrs (exhibition).

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Deadline looms for 2016 Young Driver Awards

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FirstCar has issued a reminder to road safety teams that the deadline for entries to the 2016 Young Driver Awards is 12 February.

Sponsored by Road Safety Support (RSS), the awards will be presented at the Young Driver Focus event in London on 20 April 2016.

The FirstCar Young Driver Road Safety Awards were created to recognise the work of road safety professionals in seeking to reduce casualties among young drivers. The three awards categories in 2015 – the first year the awards ran – attracted more than 60 entries.

For 2016, there are six awards categories: Best Education and Training Initiative; Partnership Scheme; Young Driver Campaign; New Scheme; Sustainable Intervention; and Private Sector Initiative.

For all categories the judges will be looking for schemes with clear and measurable aims and objectives, and for evidence of evaluation.

Speaking at the launch of the 2016 awards on 5 January, James Evans, founder of FirstCar, said: “We were delighted with the success of our inaugural awards and are keen to develop them in 2016 to recognise all the hard work that goes on in this sector, often unrewarded.

“We’ve introduced three additional categories for 2016, for new schemes, sustainable initiatives and another specifically for schemes from private sector organisations. The latter has been introduced in recognition of the excellent work in the private sector to try and improve the safety of young drivers.”

Entries need to be submitted by 12 February and the shortlist will be announced week commencing 22 February. The awards will be presented at Young Driver Focus 2016, which is being held at the Royal Automobile Club (RAC), Pall Mall in London on 20 April 2016.

Click here for more details about the awards categories and how to enter, or for more information contact James Evans at FirstCar on 0845 130 8853.

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Speaker will bring international perspective to young driver event

Haythorpe_BenThe latest confirmed speaker for Young Driver Focus 2016 will fly from ‘down under’ to present the most extensive novice driver training and road safety education initiative in Australia’s history.

Young Driver Focus 2016 is being held at the prestigious RAC Club in London’s Pall Mall, courtesy of the RAC Foundation, on Wednesday 20 April 2016. The event is organised by Road Safety GB in partnership with FirstCar and in association with ingenie. It is sponsored by the MIB and supported by stakeholders including the DfT, Road Safety Scotland, RoadSafe, RoSPA, PACTS and IAM.

Ben Haythorpe, senior manager community education at the RAA Group, will outline keys2drive, a joint initiative of the AAA (Australian Automobile Association) and the Australian Government.

Keys2drive comprises three major components: a free 60-minute lesson, a website for novice drivers and a voluntary accreditation scheme for professional driving instructors. Over the past seven years more than 400,000 free lessons have been delivered. Research by the University of New South Wales show that keys2drive participants have a significantly lower crash rate than those who do not participate.

Ben Haythorpe has worked as a teacher and principal in schools in South Australia, the United Kingdom and Japan, and has specialised in road safety education for the past 12 years. In his current role he focuses on education programmes for schools as well as younger and older drivers.

The Keys2drive presentation will form part of a session at Young Driver Focus 2016 titled an ‘international perspective’, which will also include presentations by Mark Born and Professor Warren Brodsky from the Ben-Gurion University Of The Negev, Israel.

Mark Born will present a review of driving instructor training from around the world while Professor Brodsky will explain the effects of in-car music on driver behaviour, and how playlists can be modified to improve safety.

Around 120 people have already booked to attend Young Driver Focus 2016. The delegate fee for Road Safety GB and Academy members is just £100 and for other attendees £150 (both prices plus VAT).

Click here to register to attend, or here for information about exhibiting alongside the conference. For more information contact Sally Bartrum (delegate registration), Nick Rawlings (agenda & speakers) or Richard Storrs (exhibition).

Minister to address Young Driver Focus

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Road safety minister Andrew Jones is address delegates at the Young Driver Focus 2016 event on 20 April.

Mr Jones, who also presented via video link at the 2015 National Road Safety Conference, will deliver a keynote presentation at the event, which is being held at the RAC Club in London.

Now in its third year, Young Driver Focus puts the spotlight on this high-risk demographic. The 2016 event will examine current and future thinking, and what is being done to reduce collisions and casualties caused by young, inexperienced drivers.

Recent research for the RAC Foundation shows that while teenage drivers (17-19 years) make up only 1.5% of full licence holders they are involved in 12% of accidents where someone is killed or seriously hurt. One in five newly qualified young drivers will also have an accident within six months of passing their test.

Andrew Jones, who is Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the DfT with responsibility for road safety, was elected the Conservative MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough in May 2010.

Since then has been a Parliamentary Private Secretary on the health, business and transport teams and has also chaired the Northern Electrification Taskforce which advised the Secretary of State for Transport on the next steps for electrification of railways in the North of England. He became road safety minister in May 2015.

In addition to road safety, Mr Jones’ portfolio includes responsibility for local and national roads and Highways England.

– See more at: http://www.roadsafetygb.org.uk/news/4820.html#sthash.WLFRpqFG.dpuf

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Call to action for government and road safety professionals

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Young Driver Focus 2015 produced a number of recommendations for the incoming government, and ‘calls to action’ for road safety professionals.

The conference, Young Driver Focus 2015, was jointly organised by Road Safety GB and FirstCar and held at the RAC Club in London on 15 April, courtesy of the RAC Foundation. More than 150 road safety professionals attended the event.

Professor Stephen Stradling led the call for the incoming government (post-election) to reconsider the introduction of a Graduated Driver Licencing (GDL) scheme as the most important action to reduce casualties caused, and experienced, by young drivers.

Driver training expert Ian Edwards urged government to consider how the learning to drive process/experience can be more closely aligned to driving in ‘the real world’.

In a third challenge for the new government, the conference agreed that more research/evidence is required to ensure road safety interventions are successful in the future.

The key messages for road safety professionals were: to incorporate behaviour change techniques into road safety interventions; and to accept that they don’t always have to do something just because they feel they should, and recognise it is possible to do more harm than good with a poorly thought through intervention.

Delegates also heard that technology (including telematics) is a potential road safety game changer.

On the subject of driver distraction, Dr Shaun Helman from TRL stressed the point that “you cannot do two things at once, if one of them is driving”, and emphasised that distraction affects all drivers, not just young drivers.

Michael McDonnell, Road Safety Scotland, said that parents and others should be encouraged to positively influence young people from an early age with regard to driving.

The post event survey indicates that the road safety professionals who attended found the event very useful. 98% rated the conference content as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’, and 99% gave the same rating for the overall event, and for the organisation.

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