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2014 Premier Award winner announced.

22 December 2014

This year, the calibre of entries was truly outstanding and a record number of twenty organisations received awards.

The ceremony was attended by guests from across the world including the Australiian HIgh Commisioner who joined HRH Prince Michael of Kent to celebrate the achievements of the winners.

The Prince is keen that these awards recognise best practice, which can be shared, applied or replicated across international boundaries to reduce the number being killed or injured on the world’s roads and he selected the UK’s Video Hazard Perception Test as his Premier Award winner.

Research shows that a statistically significant reduction of 11.3% in accidents on public roads can be attributed to hazard testing. The judges recognised that the hazard perception test was an outstanding innovation, which has made a considerable improvement to road safety and was therefore deserving of an award. Every year around 1.5m hazard perception tests are taken as part of the theory test, with an average pass rate of 85 percent for the hazard perception element.

Prince Michael met all the award winners and presented his Premier Award to many of those who worked on the Hazard Perception test. They include staff from TRL, DVSA and Reading University.

Congratulating his Premier Award winner, Prince Michael said, “I hope that my awards will not only recognise the hard work that has been achieved but that they will help others to learn from what the winners have done.”

Commenting on the event itself The Prince added, “This annual event has become much more than simply an occasion to celebrate success. It is an opportunity for many of the world’s experts to meet others who share a passion for road safety and to share ideas and beliefs.”

Explaining the significance of the winning entries he said: “The Decade of Action is a mosaic of strategies and initiatives, some reaching across nations, others delivering improvements in one small community. But taken together, they represent a significant upswing in awareness and activity; my award winners make a significant contribution to this effort. They form a very special community, one which extends its reach across the world.”


 

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