A SAFE DRIVING programme run by the council has received royal recognition for its commitment to training young drivers.

Safer Roads Berkshire was awarded the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award for the DriveStart young driver programme.

DriveStart, run by Wokingham Borough Council , is a young drivers experience day that uses behavioural science, commercial partnerships and social strategies to reduce risky decision making among 15-18 year old road users.

The day is made up of a series of workshops, interactive presentations and games that cover high risk behaviours while behind the wheel.

Councillor Chris Bowring, executive member for highways and transport said: “The DriveStart programme is a brilliant way in which we can educate young people in the borough to have the skills and information needed to drive safely.

“I am delighted it has been recognised with this highly prestigious award. Congratulations to all involved in making this programme such a success.”

The council received the award at a luncheon held at the Savoy in London and the ceremony is one of the highlights in the road safety calendar which is attended by senior politicians and captains of the industry.

More courses will be held through 2018, with dates and venues to be made available on the Drive Start website: http://drivestart.co.uk/.