The Hazard Perception Test wins awards and has taken the top prize at this year’s Prince Michael International Road Safety awards.

Reducing collisions

Research has shown that the Hazard Perception Test could account for as much as an 11% reduction in collisions on our roads. This reduction has helped to improve road safety and is helping to reduce the number of people who are seriously injured or killed on Britain’s roads each year.

Roads Minister, Claire Perry, said:

“The theory test plays a vital role in making sure that new drivers know the Highway Code and the rules of the road, helping them to drive safely and responsibly and making our roads safer.

“This award highlights how effective the hazard perception test is in ensuring that learner drivers can identify risks and apply these skills once they have passed their driving test. It demonstrates the significant contribution the test has made towards road safety in this country.”

DVSA Chief Executive, Alastair Peoples, said:

“I’m extremely pleased that the hazard perception test and its contribution to road safety have been recognised by this award. It is vitally important that we encourage learners to be aware of risk, and research has shown how effective the hazard perception test is in reducing the number of crashes involving newly-qualified drivers. We continuously keep the theory test under review to ensure that the content of the test reflects modern driving.”

Each year the best examples of road safety initiatives are awarded and given public recognition at the Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards.

Director of the Prince Michael Road Safety Awards scheme, Adrian Walsh, said:

“The innovation in the test is that it focuses on the cognitive skill of ‘reading the road’. Research has shown this to be a key skill in keeping new drivers safe, making the hazard perception test a crucial part of the licensing process in ensuring that new drivers have the right competences to make our roads safer.

“Although this element of the test is now considered by most candidates as nothing special, its effect in reducing casualties has been significant. Analysis shows that a statistically significant reduction of 11.3% in accidents on public roads can be attributed to hazard perception testing. An award to the team behind this outstanding innovation is long overdue.”

Awards Won by the Hazard Perception Test

  • Prince Michael International Road Safety Award 2014
  • Prince Michael International Road Safety Premier Award 2014
  • John Smart Road Safety award at the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) Awards 2014


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