The chief executive of the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) and a bereaved mum from North Yorkshire have received New Year’s Honours for their services to road safety.
Ashton West (left in pic), chief executive of the MIB, has been awarded an OBE for his efforts in working with the insurance industry, Government departments and enforcement agencies to address the issue of uninsured driving.
The number of claims arising from collisions caused by uninsured and ‘hit and run’ drivers has fallen from a high of £417m in 2008 to £247m in 2014. And since MIB started working with the police in 2005, more than 1.2m vehicles have been seized and the number of claims being reported to MIB has almost halved.
Key to these successes has been the creation of the Motor Insurance Database (MID) and the introduction of Continuous Insurance Enforcement which systematically matches records of vehicle keepers with the insurance record on the MID.
Talking to his local newspaper, the Milton Keynes Citizen, Ashton Ward said: “I have always enjoyed being part of a team, so this is a shared success.
“The strength of MIB lies in the quality and commitment of our people and I am incredibly proud to work with such a professional and enthusiastic team.”
67-year-old Janet Warin from Pickering in North Yorkshire, who has campaigned on behalf of North Yorkshire County Council’s Drive Alive campaign her son’s death in a road collision, has been awarded MBE.
Mrs Warin says she has worked with the Drive Alive campaign to honour her son Daniel’s memory.
Mrs Warin told BBC News: "We decided to make something good out of an awful tragedy. We are part of a whole day of events and we’ve spoken to around 32,000 students since we started all those years ago.
"We just wanted to do something useful that would help us as well as others and we have never regretted it."