Gloucestershire PCC gives funding to Older Drivers Forum

PRESS RELEASE 28.05.20

ANNOUNCEMENT OF POLICE CRIME COMMISSIONER’S FUNDING OF THE OLDER DRIVERS FORUM FOR GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Martin Surl, Police Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire said today;

“I am pleased to announce ten thousand pounds support from the Police Crime Commissioner’s fund for the Older Drivers Forum for Gloucestershire. Their activities will be a valuable resource for two of my key Police and Crime plan priorities; ‘Safe and Social Driving’ and ‘Older but not Overlooked’. The Older Drivers Forum will save lives.”

The Older Drivers Forum is a not-for-profit organisation that consists of road safety experts and volunteers, who create awareness and provide practical advice on how to keep older drivers driving safely, for longer. But when it comes time to retire from driving, how to plan alternative transport to maintain independence and a fulfilling life.

Support and advice, including COVID specific safety bulletins, can be found at;

www.olderdriversforum.com/gloucestershire
or
www.facebook.com/ODFGloucestershire

Rob Heard, founder and chair of the Older Drivers Forum said:

“This is great news and we thank PCC Martin Surl for his support. This is particularly good timing as older drivers are particularly vulnerable as they take to the roads again after months of not driving. The Gloucestershire campaign includes a poster campaign, print collateral, upgrading of social media activities and – when safe to do so – presentations and exhibitions.”

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In Gloucestershire, the Older Drivers Forum is also supported by the charitable trust fund of Rotary in Nailsworth, and MPs Alex Chalk (Cheltenham) and Siobhan Baillie (Stroud).

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For further information contact:
Nigel Lloyd-Jones
Older Drivers Forum Gloucestershire
07785 360 414
nigel@idrisconsultancy.com

Lock down safety bulletins

During this break from driving, older drivers’ driving capabilities could decline and their cars be inadequately maintained. This means older drivers would be at increased risk when they resume driving. To counter this, Gloucestershire Older Drivers Forum have produced four safety bulletins to provide advice for older drivers and their families during the lock-down period. These cover car care, maintaining driving skills and, when eventually it is safe to do so, planning to get back on the road. They also include advice if an older driver decides this is an appropriate time to retire from driving.Click here or visit Gloucestershire page under the ‘Area’ tab on the web site. The advice regarding the car battery is very useful.