Introduced in 2002, the hazard perception section of the theory test has been rewarded with a prestigious national road safety award. Book Theory Test Today finds out why.
Thanks to its role in reducing the number of road accidents, potentially saving hundreds of lives every year, the hazard perception part of the UK driving theory test has won a national road safety award.
The hazard perception section of the theory test has scooped the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award, which recognises that since the introduction of the hazard perception test, it could be responsible for an 11 percent reduction in accidents on Britainâ€™s roads.
The test has been recognised for improving road safety and playing a pivotal part in seeing less people killed or seriously injured on UK roads.
Book Theory Test Today says: â€œThe hazard perception test features video clips, testing a candidateâ€™s reaction time for spotting a developing hazard on the road. Soon, original film clips will make way for highly realistic, animated clips. These new clips will feature a broader range of hazards in more realistic road scenarios.â€
In a statement from Alistair Peoples, the DVSAâ€™s Chief Executive, he said: â€œI am extremely pleased that the hazard perception test and its contribution to road safety have been recognised in this way. 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.â€
Adrian Walsh, Director of the Prince Michael Road Safety Awards scheme, said: â€œAlthough this element of the theory test is now considered by most candidates as nothing special, its effect in reducing casualties has been significant.â€
He added: â€œAnalysis shows that a statistically significant reduction of 11.3 per cent in accidents on public roads can be attributed to hazard perception testing. An award to the team behind this outstanding innovation is long overdue.â€
Award judges described the hazard perception test as an outstanding innovation, which has made a significant contribution to improving road safety, and its recognition was well overdue.
Earlier this year, the test received the John Smart Road Safety Award at the 2014 Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT) Awards ceremony. The judges of this award commended the research that went into the hazard perception test before its launch.
They also highlighted the significant financial savings that the hazard perception test is responsible for, estimating that it potentially saves Â£89.5 million a year thanks to reducing the number of collisions on the road.
Book Theory Test Today says: â€œEach year, approximately 1.5 million hazard perception tests are taken as part of the theory test, with an average pass rate of 85 percent.â€
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