Please find the link for last night’s webinar here. So far there has been 9.4K views, with a reach of 18K and over 520 live viewers.
There remains a lot of uncertainty on our date of return. Can we suggest we just hang on until we get more information on Thursday about the tiers (in England) and dates. We know this is all very frustrating and unsatisfactory but it really is the sensible thing to do. We will be feeding back comments, good and bad, from the webinar to DVSA.
The RAC Foundation, with the Road Safety Trust and DVSA have commissioned Nottingham Trent University to design and test a VR version of the Hazard Perception Test.
This VR Hazard perception test is now available to download free on the Oculus Store as part of its effectiveness evaluation.
We’ve been asked to circulate you to promote the VR Hazard Perception Test to your learner drivers, to help with the evaluation of the intervention. Do get your learners involved, they will be helping shape the future of the Hazard Perception Test!
We were asked about statistics of people in our industry getting Covid, so I wrote to the Office for National Statistics. They sent me a link where we can be found can be found in table 6a on row 108.
James Quinn of the Governing Committee has taken a look at this for us and says –
The statistics only cover the period from 9th March to 25th May, so they provide quite limited information.
Based on the previous 5 years the average number of deaths amongst driving instructors for an equivalent time period is 15 deaths.
During that time period this year there were 15 non covid deaths and 7 covid related deaths of driving instructors.
The time period is quite narrow, and the average number of deaths of driving instructors is relatively low, which means that it is difficult to draw many conclusions from this information.
As driving instructors were told not to work during this period, the exposure to risk for many instructors would have been reduced, which would make it difficult to compare risk with categories of workers that were continuing to work through lockdown.
Blue Light Awareness campaign
GEM, creators of the Blue Light Aware campaign in 2011, have released a new and updated version. They also released 10 short video clips focussing on specific road situations that drivers may encounter. These have been a massive success with total video views standing at well over 1 million. All of the new videos can be found at www.bluelightaware.org.uk.
The videos provide vital information for all drivers and are especially relevant to new/young drivers. It’s firmly believed that the Blue Light Aware videos are a valuable resource that you will find useful to your training programmes and are perfect for sharing with followers on your social channels.
On December 1st 2020 through to the 14th there will be a second awareness campaign for Blue Light Aware. This will target messages at learner/new drivers and hope to bring increased awareness of the videos to this vitally important section of the driving community.
The awareness campaign will be based within social media using the hashtag #BlueLightAware. Please share the posts and get involved in the discussions online from December 1st.
The fund for struggling ADIs and PDIs has now reached just over £9,000. This is a fabulous achievement, but we need more! If you haven’t already done so, please consider those less fortunate than yourself and donate. Even a small donation will help others who are in need of some help because they’ve fallen through the cracks of the financial help available from the government.
If we can get it up to £12,500 then our wonderful sponsor Marmalade will add another £7,500 (that’s in addition to the £2,500 they’ve already put in).
We will shortly be publishing the rules of the scheme, including criteria for applications.
Please donate using this link.