Merseyside Police crowned winner of the Drivetech Police Vision Zero Awards 2022 with vulnerable drivers initiative
Leading road safety technology provider Drivetech, part of the AA, has crowned Merseyside Police the winner of the Drivetech Police Vision Zero Awards for 2022.
Merseyside Police’s Fitness to Drive scheme, introduced into the force to reduce collisions involving vulnerable drivers, works in partnership with the Bridgwater Community Healthcare Foundation Trust service Drive Ability North West. The initiative helps to support vulnerable drivers who have been involved in a collision or committed a careless driving offence and offers an alternative to prosecution.
Many vulnerable drivers, including older motorists, drivers of adapted vehicles and those affected by a medical condition, cannot attend traditionally run face-to-face driver education courses. Drive Ability North West identifies those who are safe to continue driving, who need further skills training, and those who are no longer safe to drive. The scheme is now being rolled out as a pilot across the North West Forces.
We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Merseyside Police,” said Nick Butler, Director at Drivetech. “We are delighted to honour their commitment to road safety with this award.”
“We are honoured to take home this award,” said Sergeant Garreth Berry, Merseyside Police. “Merseyside Police is committed to reducing those killed or seriously injured on the roads, and it is an honour to achieve recognition for our work in this area.
“We often refer drivers for courses as an educational and preventative measure following a collision. Until now, we have not had a bespoke course of centre available to refer different types of vulnerable road users to. I believe this will reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured in road traffic collisions across Merseyside.”
The initiative will also see the business donate £1,500 to nominated Drivetech charity RoadPeace and £1,500 to RoadSafe Northern Ireland.
The Drivetech Police Vision Zero Awards, now in their third year, celebrate road safety excellence across the UK’s police forces and/or road safety partnerships.
For more information about Drivetech, visit: www.drivetech.co.uk.