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.

Older Drivers Awareness Week 2018

When was the last time you looked at the Highway Code?
Did it look like this one?

Between Monday 1st October and Friday 5th October 2018 the Older Drivers Forum is running awareness events across Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Dorset and the Thames Valley to give free advice to mature motorists on how they can carry on driving safely for longer. It is always good to refresh our skills and we can help with free support and advice. Click here to find an event near to you.

Older Road User Conference 2018

Our chair will be attending and presenting at the Older Road User Conference on Wednesday 19th September at the Royal Automobile Club in London. To find out more about this conference then click here

The inaugural Older Road User conference is being jointly organised by Road Safety GB, New View Consultants and the RAC Foundation.

The conference will set out to achieve the following goals:

  • To identify safety issues relating to older road users
  • To showcase current interventions and initiatives
  • To identify gaps in current provision
  • To outline challenges and actions for road safety professionals, government and other stakeholders

Who should attend?
The conference content is primarily intended for road safety and public health practitioners, police and fire and rescue officers, academics, central government employees and highways engineers.

Other information
The delegate fee will include all refreshments on the day, including an excellent lunch.