RoSPA young drivers at work project wins Prince Michael road safety award
The Royal Awards recognise achievements in road safety and are presented annually to the most outstanding examples of innovation in the field across the world.
RoSPA’s award was presented by David Jamieson, former road safety minister, RoadSafe board member and vice-chairman of the West Midlands Road Safety Partnership, who 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’s Young Drivers at Work Project, carried out between 2008 and 2010, began with a study to develop a better understanding of the risks faced, and created, by drivers aged 17 to 24 while they are at work.
Using the findings, RoSPA then developed a Young Drivers at Work Workshop, during which young employees discuss their own experiences of driving for work. Importantly, the young drivers also talk about what support their employers could give them (eg easing of unrealistic deadlines) and how this could be communicated with managers. Relevant information can then be fed back to managers after the workshop.
Tom Mullarkey, RoSPA’s chief executive, 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.
'RoSPA is immensely proud that their dedication, and the commitment of our project partners, has 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".'