Northamptonshire County Council’s CarKraft scheme, which has been delivered to more than 10,000 young drivers, has been shortlisted for two national road safety awards.
Delivered by Northamptonshire Highways, CarKraft gives young people the chance to experience driving in a controlled environment in a bid to enhance their driving and road safety skills.
The project has been shortlisted in the Road Safety Scheme of the Year category in the 2017 Highways Awards (formerly the Highways Magazine Excellence Awards), and the Vulnerable Road Users Safety category at the 2017 Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Awards.
CarKraft was first introduced in 2001 in response to the number of young driver casualties occurring in Northamptonshire. The current scheme comprises ‘intensive information and skills days’ held at the Silverstone Circuit and Rockingham Motor Speedway.
Delivered in partnership with Northamptonshire Police, CarKraft offers a range of skills and training for young people including workshops with police advanced drivers, sessions focusing young drivers’ attitudes to risk, and defensive driving skills.
Cllr Ian Morris, cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: “I am delighted the CarKraft project has been recognised in these prestigious national awards.
“This fantastic initiative with our police partners was designed to equip young people in Northamptonshire with vital skills and training essential to drive safely and encourage the highest standards on the road.”
John Spencer, team leader for road safety at Northamptonshire Highways, said: “Our CarKraft scheme is a testament to the principles of partnership collaboration and directing resources to where they are most needed.
“The courses are tailored specifically to impart a dynamic mix of workshops and driving challenges designed to influence behavioural change, skills limitations and complacent attitudes.”
The Highways Awards will be presented at a ceremony in London on 18 October, while the CILT Awards will be presented the following evening (19 October), also in London.
Category: Young drivers.