Following a record number of entries, the shortlist for the 2017 FirstCar Young Driver Road Safety Awards has been unveiled.
Now in its third year, the awards’ scheme recognises the efforts of road safety professionals to reduce casualties among young drivers.
The 2017 awards will be presented in five categories: education and training initiative, new scheme, partnership scheme, private sector initiative and young driver campaign.
20 public and private sector organisations feature on the 2017 shortlist.
Announcing the shortlist, James Evans, founder of FirstCar, said: “With a record number of entries this year, the judging panel had a tough task in drawing up the shortlist, and I’d like to thank them all for the time and deliberations.
“We’d also like to thank everyone who took the time and trouble to submit an entry – the standard this year was really high and in many categories, the judges’ collective scores were very close.
“It’s exciting to see so much innovation from road safety practitioners across the UK, particularly when paired with robust evidence of need, behaviour change and evaluation.
“We look forward to the awards’ ceremony at Young Driver Focus on 26 April, when Med Hughes from RSS, who are sponsoring the awards again this year, will reveal the winning initiatives.”
Mereddyd Hughes, director and executive chairman of Road Safety Support, said: “Road Safety Support is delighted to be involved with the First Car Awards 2017 and Young Driver Focus conference.
“This year the number of awards submitted has grown. We are sure that this has made the task of the judging panel more challenging in drawing up a shortlist.
“We know that there is so much passion, commitment and determination within the road safety community to achieve our united goal – to reduce death and serious injury on our roads. It is only by striving for excellence that we will do that and this is why award programmes like this are so important.
“As Aristotle said, ‘We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.’”