A new CD aimed at helping migrant workers stay safe on roads in North Yorkshire has been produced by 95 Alive, the York and North Yorkshire Road Safety Partnership.
The CD has been made in Polish initially but the aim is to translate it into up to six other languages by the end of the year
More than 1,000 migrant workers were asked for their opinions about driving on Britain’s roads before the CD was made.
The most important thing to emerge from the consultation was to get the Polish translation absolutely right. To do this 95 Alive teamed up with Industrious, a specialist partner that provides work opportunities across Britain and supports integration and development of multicultural workforces.
The CD covers all aspects of driving in Britain from documentation to road signs, speed limits and the rules and laws of the road. There’s also information from North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue about how to stay safe in the home.
A series of workshops is being held around the county where copies of the CD will be distributed.
Dariusz Budzik, from Industrious, said: ”I have been in England for three years. I had 20 years driving experience in Poland, it was very hard when I came over here to drive on the other side of the road and I wasn’t sure about the roundabouts and the speed limits.
“I wish this information had been available then, I think this CD is very valuable, Polish people will really benefit because it is clear and straightforward, they can take it home with them.
For more information or a copy of the CD contact Janet Gleeson, 95 Alive campaign coordinator, on 01609 798304.