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RoSPA – The twenty is plenty campaign

- 30-Mar-2017 -

Is 20mph still slow enough when children are around?

Castle Minibus supports the ’Twenty’s plenty’ road safety campaign, set up by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

 

Castle Minibus supports the ’Twenty’s plenty’ road safety campaign, set up by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). The facts are alarming: “in 2015, 54 children were killed on the road. In other words, a child is killed on the road almost every week.”

The Twenty’s Plenty campaign aims to reduce the speed of traffic in areas where children congregate, to a 20mph maximum, for example outside schools. In recent years, the number of crossing guards has reduced and many children have become responsible for crossing the road into school themselves.

Children are unable to judge the speed of vehicles as well as adults, and are often the victims of accidents that involve crossing the road, retrieving a wayward ball, or losing control of a scooter or bike for example. All types of accident that are greatly reduced as you grow older and become more aware of the risks around roads and more proficient at using the road yourself.

The higher the speed, the higher the risk

It was found that “a pedestrian who is hit by a car travelling at between 30 mph and 40 mph is between 3.5 and 5.5 times more likely to be killed than if hit by a car travelling at below 30 mph.” - RoSPA.

Following on from that, according to a government report, despite the volume of traffic increasing in 2015, reported child casualties fell by 4% compared to statistics taken in 2014. Could this be because road safety and speed awareness has been a focal point in recent years?

We like to think so. The introduction of speed awareness courses for drivers caught going above the maximum speed limit and the Twenty’s Plenty campaign have undoubtedly had a positive impact on road accident statistics.

In support of these positive changes, Castle Minibus believes that the proper training for all minibus drivers, regardless of ‘grandfather rights’ is the only way to keep safety at the forefront of drivers’ minds.

D1 driver training, the Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme (MiDAS) and two-day driver awareness courses are all aimed at improving the safety of minibus drivers, particularly for those in charge of vehicles transporting school children and young adults in education.

If you drive a minibus for your school, youth club or any other youth centred group or facility, but you have not had formal training, please get in touch. We have a dedicated section of our website just for this subject, please have a look at how you can improve safety for your school and be part of those positive statistics this year.

 


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