The Australasian College of Road Safety has been recognised with a prestigious 2017 Prince Michael International Road Safety Award (PMIRSA) for excellence in Road Safety Management. Each year the most outstanding examples of international road safety initiatives receive public recognition through these awards. This year the College was invited to a Gala Presentation held in London at the Savoy Hotel, and was presented with the Award by His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent.
In presenting the Award, Prince Michael congratulated the College as follows: ‘The ACRS is approaching it’s 30th anniversary and has become a thoroughly well-respected, inclusive and truly collaborative organisation bringing together the wide stakeholder networks across Australasia.’
ACRS President Lauchlan McIntosh AM said, ‘The Prince Michael Awards play a vital role in recognising the immense amount of work that takes place in road safety worldwide, and as President of the College I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of the College’s many members who continue to work tirelessly to reduce road trauma.
‘For those who work in road safety it can sometimes feel like a never-ending or thankless task, however those who find themselves in this field often develop a life long passion for it. As President of the College I thank our members and supporters for your ongoing commitment and perseverance – without your support the College would not succeed. I am proud to say that our College Executive Committee and Fellows, and our hundreds of members, constitute a strong and cohesive team across Australasia, supporting a unique and apolitical partnership between all levels of government through to all other sectors such as research, community organisations, police and educators, economists, and on through to interested members of the public.’
‘There is so much more that can be done, there are actions and solutions that we know work and that can be implemented now. There are also emerging opportunities to reduce road trauma, and we look forward to supporting their implementation as we move Towards Zero’, said Mr McIntosh.
Over the past 30 years the College has grown to become a well-respected institution by building on a strong foundation of experts, and with it a reputation for providing evidence-based, reliable advice to politicians and the wider road safety community. In 2014 the College fostered a successful partnership with all Australasian jurisdictions and jointly founded an annual road safety conference which now attracts 600-800 stakeholders annually. At this conference the College also rewards outstanding achievement by individuals and project teams through the annual ACRS Awards. Together with the conference these awards have become a highlight on the road safety calendar across the region. Other unique programs run by the College include the quarterly Journal of the Australasian College of Road Safety, which is developing into a world class peer-reviewed journal showcasing the latest and best road trauma reduction research and projects.
Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards
For thirty years HRH Prince Michael of Kent has played a leading role in supporting improved road safety both in the United Kingdom and around the world. The Prince established his awards scheme in 1987 in the UK and now fully international, the Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards recognize achievement and innovation in road safety worldwide.
Each year the most outstanding examples of international road safety initiatives are given public recognition through the scheme and the winners are invited to a Gala Presentation held in London, where the Prince announces his Premier Award for that year.
In addition to the international awards, the Prince annually presents a Decade of Action Award to recognise major contributions to the Global Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020.