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November 17, 2010

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RoSPA young drivers workshop wins Royal acclaim

RoSPA’s Young Drivers at Work project has won the Prince Michael International Safety Award.

The Royal Awards recognise achievements in road safety and are presented annually to outstanding examples of innovation in the field across the world. RoSPA’s Young Drivers at Work Project was carried out between 2008 and 2010 and was launched following a study to gain a better understanding of the risks faced, and created, by drivers aged between 17 and 24 while they are at work.

RoSPA used the findings to develop a Young Drivers at Work workshop, which provided a forum for young workers to discuss their experiences of driving for work. Participants are asked to reflect on their personal driving tendencies and to identify strategies to improve their driving. They are also asked about what support their employers could give them and how this could be communicated to their managers. The feedback is then passed on to their managers.

Former road safety minister, David Jamieson, presented the charity with the award at its annual meeting in Birmingham on 12 November. He said: “Well-researched programmes, like RoSPA’s, thoroughly deserve the recognition these awards give. Young drivers are one of the highest risk groups on our roads. Working with them to develop strategies that address the underlying causes of crashes is essential to improving safety. All businesses should adopt this approach.”

RoSPA chief executive, Tom Mullarkey, who received the award, said: “Duncan Vernon and Lindsey Simkins, from our road safety team, worked tirelessly on this project to address two of the UK’s most challenging road-safety issues – young drivers and occupational drivers.€ᄄ€ᄄ“RoSPA is immensely proud that their dedication and the commitment of our project partners have been recognised through such a prestigious award. We hope that many employers and young drivers will benefit from the freely-available workshop resources, which can now, quite rightly, be described as ‘award-winning’.”


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