Road Safety GB launches young driver conference

12.00 | 13 December 2013 |

Road Safety GB and FirstCar have unveiled details of a new one-day conference which will focus on young drivers, to be held in May 2014.

The event, “Young driver focus”, will be free to attend for Road Safety GB Academy members.

The conference will look at “cutting young driver casualties now and in the future”. As this suggests the event will be forward-focused rather than a retrospective look at young driver collisions and casualties.

The agenda is currently under development but is likely to comprise the following five sessions: a strategic overview; understanding and influencing young driver behaviour; an expert panel discussion; current campaigns and interventions; and an open forum for delegates to articulate their plans and intentions going forward.

The event is a collaborative partnership between Road Safety GB and FirstCar, supported by Arval who are providing the venue, technology and refreshments. It will be managed and administered by Nick Rawlings and Sally Bartrum who help deliver the National Road Safety Conference.

The event was conceived by James Evans, publisher of FirstCar, who said: “Young drivers are as hot a topic now as when I joined the road safety movement 10 years ago. During that time the explosion of social media, increased expectations of digital engagement and developments in telematics insurance have, for many road safety professionals, raised more questions than they’ve answered.

“Despite recent budget cuts, reducing crashes and casualties caused by young and newly qualified drivers remains a key challenge for the Government, road safety professionals and private sector organisations such as insurance companies. We hope the event will evoke new ideas and inspiration to meet this challenge now and in the future.”

Young driver focus will be held at The Arval Centre in Swindon (just off the M4) on Wednesday 14 May 2014, 10.00am – 3.30pm.

As stated earlier, the event is FOC for Academy members and the delegate fee for other public sector attendees is just £35 plus VAT. The fee for delegates from the private sector is £100 plus VAT.

The number of places is limited to around 80 delegates – click here to find out more about the event, or here to register as a delegate. For further information contact Nick Rawlings or Sally Bartrum on 01379 650112


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