MEP James Carver will be attending a meeting later this week to discuss the vital importance of road safety for youngsters.


He is among guests invited to the seminar on Friday in Warwick organised by local man Paul Kerr, whose 17-year-old son Jon-Paul tragically died in a car smash while a passenger.


But despite the importance of the subject Mr Kerr has received no interest from secondary schools in the area, which Mr Carver has described as “extremely disappointing and worrying.”


“Paul had intended launching the 2016 Coventry and Warwickshire Student Road Safety Awards at the meeting but because of the lack of response is instead now  holding a seminar.


“I am delighted to support Paul and his selfless laudable work but I am more than disappointed that no interest has been expressed by local schools. There was a 16% increase in road accidents in Warwickshire last year over the previous 12 months with 28 people killed and 287 seriously injured.


“That is an awful lot of loss, grief and pain and we must all do our bit to bring these figures down. It is the personal suffering I care about, but Paul also tells me that each fatality costs a staggering £1.78 million,” said Mr Carver, UKIP Euro-MP, who, when in his early  twenties, lost a friend to a fatal road traffic accident.


“I fully understand, through the loss of my friend Jon, that young people. particularly in the 18 - 24 age group, are particularly at risk, whether behind the wheel or not, and road safety needs to be an integral part of education,” he added.


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3 years, 5 months ago.

Alan Wheatley's reply...

This lack of interest is typical of a general lack of interest in road safety matters.

I had to pass the Cycling Proficiency test to be able to ride my bike to school, and while still at school also passed the test at an advanced level. So by the time I became a car driver I had a sound foundation of road safety. Those schemes have been superseded by Bikeability, which seems a dumbed down replacement.

It seems the Government Pass Plus scheme is still running, aimed at newly qualified young drivers and riders see . On the face of it this is a good idea, but you have to pay and the carrot of reduced insurance premiums, which should be a big incentive for young people, is of dubious benefit as they come more as a deal with the insurance industry rather than proved actuarial appreciation of reduced risk. Perhaps not helped because there is no test.

A really good road safety scheme is run by RoADAR, but I expect you have never heard of them. They are concerned with advanced driving standards. RoADAR these days exists under the umbrella of RoSPA, who seem disinterested in promoting RoADAR.

The stance taken by the DfT to road safety is all stick and no carrot. No wonder there is a lack interest in road safety. It could be so much better.

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