John Plowman has been unveiled as chair of the new Older Drivers Task Force which is being set up by the Road Safety Foundation with support from the Government.
The task force was proposed by the Road Safety Foundation in November as a key recommendation in its Making Road Safety Pay report, and in response to the fast growing population of older drivers.
The task force will set out to provide practical support for older drivers and their families in the form of a comprehensive national strategy. Initiatives it will consider include a focus on self-help, driver assistance technologies, better in-vehicle protection and road design for older drivers.
The task force will review national and international evidence and best practice and is expected to report its findings to Government in mid-2016.
John Plowman is a former senior civil servant with a career in a number of Whitehall departments including Cabinet Office, Ministry of Defence, environment and transport. He carried responsibilities for road and vehicle safety policy and was chair of the driver and vehicle operator group at the Department for Transport 2002-3.
Outside the Civil Service, John Plowman is an associate of Risk Solutions and WSP and has carried out assignments for the Highways Agency, DEFRA, the AA, the IAM and the National Audit Office. As well as being a trustee of the Road Safety Foundation, he is a director of PACTS and RoadSafe.
John Plowman said: “As we live and work longer and lead healthier lives, we need to reconsider driving in later years, which is increasingly becoming the norm. A safe, mobile older population is essential to our social fabric and the UK economy.
“The task force will be seeking evidence across a wide range of disciplines. I am very grateful to the many organisations and eminent people who are offering to contribute. We will be calling formally for evidence early in the New Year.”