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FirstCar publishes shortlist for 2017 Young Driver Awards

Tuesday 28th February 2017

Following a record number of entries, the shortlist for the 2017 FirstCar Young Driver Road Safety Awards has been unveiled.

The FirstCar Young Driver Road Safety Awards are sponsored by Road Safety Support (RSS) and will be presented at the Young Driver Focus event in London on 26 April.

Now in its third year, the awards' scheme recognises the efforts of road safety professionals to reduce casualties among young drivers.

The 2017 awards will be presented in five categories: education and training initiative, new scheme, partnership scheme, private sector initiative and young driver campaign.

20 public and private sector organisations feature on the 2017 shortlist.

Announcing the shortlist, James Evans, founder of FirstCar, said: “With a record number of entries this year, the judging panel had a tough task in drawing up the shortlist, and I’d like to thank them all for the time and deliberations.

“We’d also like to thank everyone who took the time and trouble to submit an entry - the standard this year was really high and in many categories, the judges' collective scores were very close.

“It’s exciting to see so much innovation from road safety practitioners across the UK, particularly when paired with robust evidence of need, behaviour change and evaluation.

“We look forward to the awards' ceremony at Young Driver Focus on 26 April, when Med Hughes from RSS, who are sponsoring the awards again this year, will reveal the winning initiatives.”

Mereddyd Hughes, director and executive chairman of Road Safety Support, said: “Road Safety Support is delighted to be involved with the First Car Awards 2017 and Young Driver Focus conference.  

"This year the number of awards submitted has grown. We are sure that this has made the task of the judging panel more challenging in drawing up a shortlist.  

"We know that there is so much passion, commitment and determination within the road safety community to achieve our united goal – to reduce death and serious injury on our roads. It is only by striving for excellence that we will do that and this is why award programmes like this are so important."


2017 Young Driver Awards shortlist


Education and Training Initiative

  • Drive for Life Challenge - South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership
  • Drivewise Borders - IAM RoadSmart
  • Enhanced Pass Plus - North Yorkshire County Council
  • Learn2Live Road Safety Intervention - Learn2Live Partnership (South West Peninsula)
  • RoadSmart - TTC Group (UK) Plc
  • Safe Drive Stay Alive (SDSA) - Surrey Surrey Fire and Rescue Service 

Click here to read more about the shortlisted initiatives.


New Scheme

  • #mysmallchange - Safer Essex Roads Partnership
  • Drive for Life Challenge - South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership
  • IAM RoadSmart Younger Driver Ambassador Initiative - IAM RoadSmart
  • Nextbase Dashcams - Nextbase
  • Operation Dragoon - Northumbria Police
  • RoadSmart - TTC Group (UK) Plc
  • VF4 360 - Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service
  • What did I miss? - Brighton and Hove City Council
  • Your Choice - Northamptonshire Highways 

Click here to read more about the shortlisted initiatives.


Partnership Scheme

  • #Impact - Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk (OPCCN)
  • Learn 2 Live - Hertfordshire Road Safety Partnership, Hertfordshire County Council
  • Learn2Live - Road Safety Intervention Learn2Live Partnership (South West Peninsula)
  • New Driver NI Safe Motoring Presentation - New Driver Safety Ambassadors Limited Community Interest Company
  • RoadSmart - TTC Group (UK) Plc
  • Safe Drive Stay Alive (SDSA) - Surrey Surrey Fire and Rescue Service
  • VF4 360 - Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service 

Click here to read more about the shortlisted initiatives.


Private Sector Initiative

  • #eyetestssavelives - Vision Express
  • accelerate Safer Young Driver Training Programme - accelerate Driver Training
  • Ford Driving Skills for Life - Ford
  • New Driver NI Safe Motoring Presentation - New Driver Safety Ambassadors Limited Community Interest Company 

Click here to read about the shortlisted initiatives.


Young Driver Campaign

  • #mysmallchange - Safer Essex Roads Partnership
  • Drive for Life Challenge - South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership
  • Gone in Seconds - MIB (Motor Insurers’ Bureau)
  • Impaired driving - Safer Roads Partnership, Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police
  • Learn2Live - Road Safety Intervention Learn2Live Partnership (South West Peninsula)
  • Look Out For Each Other (LOFEO) - Gateshead Council
  • New Driver NI Safe Motoring Presentation - New Driver Safety Ambassadors Limited Community Interest Company

Click here to read about the shortlisted initiatives.


 

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I was really hoping that these shortlisted activities would be accompanied by a sentence that read something along the lines of:

"Results of independent/robust evaluation of [insert initiative name] show that [insert effects]..."

Maybe it has just been left out of the blurb so would be very interested if any of the schemes are able to share any evidence of effectiveness, especially those that state they can be easily replicated elsewhere. Also, would be good to know if evidence of effectiveness was considered in the shortlisting criteria?
Matt Staton, Cambridgeshire

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Hi Matt, each entry submitted was scored on the set criteria by our experienced and independent judges, which is available to view at http://www.firsttimepublishing.com/awards. We are always looking to raise the bar in terms of the quality of entries and as a result a record number of entries failed to make the shortlist this year. We do appreciate your feedback and already have plans to make it even clearer to entrants for next year, in terms of what we are looking for in a winning entry.
Richard Storrs

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