The nomination process for the 2017 FirstCar Young Driver Road Safety Awards has now opened, with entries invited in five different categories.
Now in their third year, the awards are sponsored by Road Safety Support (RSS) and will once again be presented at the Young Driver Focus event in London in April 2017.
FirstCar conceived and launched the awards scheme in 2015 to recognise the work of road safety professionals in seeking to reduce casualties among young drivers.
The 2016 ‘gold’ award winners (pictured above) were: Transport for Buckinghamshire (Education & Training); Fife Council (Partnership); Kent County Council (Campaign); the Honest Truth Partnership (Sustainable Intervention); Bournemouth Council (New Scheme); and RED Driving School (Private Sector).
For 2017, there are five awards categories: Best Education and Training Initiative; Partnership Scheme; Young Driver Campaign; New Scheme; and Private Sector Initiative.
The winners will be decided by a carefully selected panel of judges with extensive industry experience. For all awards the judges will be looking for schemes with clear and measurable aims and objectives and for evidence of evaluation. Gold, silver and bronze awards will be awarded in each category.
James Evans, founder of FirstCar, said: “The quality and quantity of entries has been growing each year, so I can’t wait to see the nomination forms start rolling in for the 2017 awards.
“We’re very grateful to have the support of Road Safety Support again this year and I don’t envy the job of our esteemed panel of judges, who will soon be shortlisting and selecting winners from what I know will be a very high standard of entries.”
Trevor Hall, managing director of RSS, said: “Road Safety Support are delighted to be sponsoring these prestigious awards again this year and we are looking forward to seeing the entries.
“All deaths leave a void in the lives of family and friends but the death of a young person leaves a gaping hole that few of us can even begin to imagine.
“Road deaths are preventable and award ceremonies like this are so important in the development and sharing of new and innovative road safety interventions. It is through these methods and great partnerships working together – police, road safety partnerships, local authorities, third sector, and private sector – that we can make a difference and keep young people safer on the roads and, more importantly, save lives.”
Entries need to be submitted by 9 February and the shortlist will be announced week commencing 20 February. The awards will be presented at Young Driver Focus 2017 which is being held at the Royal Automobile Club (RAC) in Pall Mall, London on 26 April 2017.
Want to know more about young drivers and road safety?
Online library of research and reports etc – visit the Road Safety Knowledge Centre
Key facts and summaries of research reports – visit the Road Safety Observatory