The review of the Road Safety Time Bank (Time Bank) is now underway, with significant changes under consideration by the project team.
Road Safety GB commissioned a survey shortly after it assumed ownership of Time Bank in October 2009. 138 road safety professionals completed the survey and their feedback is being used as the basis for the review and reengineering of Time Bank.
Alan Kennedy, Road Safety GB chair and also chair of the Time Bank project team, said: “We will be giving Time Bank a comprehensive face lift to make it more attractive and simpler to use.
“We will also be removing the requirement for people to be members and for them to have to ‘trade’ in order to benefit from Time Bank.
“Going forward, we see Time Bank as a substantial library of information available to anyone with a professional interest in road safety in the UK and beyond.”
An exploratory meeting has taken place with RoadSafe to explore the possibility of linking Time Bank with the global Transport Knowledge Partnership (gTKP). gTKP is a partnership of global organisations, policy-makers and other interested parties working to make effective use of international road transport knowledge.
Discussions are also underway with a number of partner organisations to secure the funding required to re-engineer Time Bank and then support it on an on-going basis.
Alan Kennedy explains: “While Road Safety GB ‘owns’ Time Bank we don’t have the funds to take it to the next stage, either in terms of the initial work required or supporting/managing it on an on-going basis.
“Without investment Time Bank will die, but we are determined that this will not happen.
“Considerable effort and investment has gone into getting the project to this stage, and we all passionately believe in its potential to play a pivotal role in disseminating invaluable knowledge and information to road safety professionals.”
Further updates will be published on the Road Safety GB website as the project progresses, but in the meantime, for further information about Time Bank please contact Simon Mills on 01604 364305.