IAM RoadSmart has revamped its road safety manifesto, highlighting seven areas the charity believes can make the most impact in reducing the number of people killed on UK roads.
The manifesto, which will form the basis of IAM RoadSmart’s response to the ongoing Government inquiry into road safety, has an emphasis on improved driver and rider behaviour.
Embracing all stages of a driving or riding career, from immediate post-test into older age, the manifesto underlines the importance of periodic refresher courses.
It also includes extending driver rehabilitation for a wider variety of motoring convictions and highlights the impact of new technology as the switch to autonomous and connected vehicles continues to gather pace.
The refreshed manifesto has been published to coincide with the appointment of Andy Barrett as the new IAM RoadSmart chairman, replacing Ken Kier OBE.
Andy Barrett has been managing director of Ford of Britain since 2015. In that time he overseen the manufacturer’s ‘Share the Road’ initiative, which encourages cooperation and understanding between road users.
Mr Barrett said: “To be appointed chairman of IAM RoadSmart is an honour. I wholeheartedly support IAM RoadSmart’s manifesto pledge that post-test training is vital for safer roads.
“I’m delighted to be taking a leading role for a charity whose principal purpose is to make better drivers and riders.”
Mike Quinton, IAM RoadSmart chief executive officer, said: “I am delighted that we have attracted someone of the calibre, standing and seniority in the UK automotive industry as Andy to the role of chairman.
“I am confident his knowledge and contacts will be invaluable in driving us forward and I look forward to drawing on his skills and leadership experience.”