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Raise profile of road safety for volunteers, says GEM

The organisation highlighted that volunteers form a vital part of many local medical transport networks today as well as community schemes that help get people out and about.

GEM chief executive David Williams MBE commented: “There is a growing need for volunteer drivers across the UK. The tasks include providing essential journeys for those unable to use public transport, taking someone on a shopping or social trip and even emergency responding on behalf of the ambulance service.

“We are keen that the profile of road safety for volunteers is raised, so that the risks they may face – often in potentially stressful situations – are minimised.”

A free GEM video resource is available for all volunteer drivers at www.motoringassist.com/volunteers. The resource consists of three short videos, offering useful advice that will be relevant to most volunteer driving situations.

This first video focuses specifically on drivers, the vehicles they use and the journeys they make.

The second video has been devised in partnership with the ambulance service to assist those who volunteer as community first responders. It includes an introduction from Chief Constable Suzette Davenport, National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for roads policing.

The third video looks at the principles of COAST: Concentration, Observation and Anticipation to give Time and Space – an excellent approach to driving for any volunteer.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.