Mar 01 2005

New courses pave the way for safer road use

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Coventry kids are learning road safety the clever way thanks to a series of new courses being offered by a local company.

Motorvate UK, based in Spon Street, works with secondary schools and youth clubs to educate children aged 14 plus on their social and personal responsibilities as road users.

Phil Moodie from Motorvate and Susan Love from the Chamber.The courses are both practical and theoretical – dealing with pedestrians, push-bikes, motorbikes and cars – leading to bona fide qualifications.

Motorvate UK was formed just 18 months ago by Phil Moodie, a former community worker, but already his business has expanded nationwide.
Phil said: “Teenagers have a duty to themselves and to other road users to ensure that they act in a safe and sensible manner at all times.
“Whether they are on the pavement, crossing the road, or even driving a vehicle, they have to understand the potential dangers and deal with them accordingly.
“But the courses we provide are not just geared towards road awareness. We also teach vehicle maintenance, Compulsory Bike Training, the Highway Code and financial issues such as tax and insurance.”

A range of different courses are available lasting from one day to a year, with lectures from experienced industry figures, discussion seminars and hands on tasks to ensure speedy learning.
In Coventry, the courses are taught at several venues including the new Coventry Motor Museum and Herewood College.

And having recently received help from the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, Motorvate UK is now preparing to introduce new computer packages to its courses.

Susan Love, from the Chamber’s Business Link team, said: “Motorvate is a dynamic business which is driving young people towards a better understanding of road safety and vehicle management.
“The Chamber’s Business Link worked alongside Motorvate to identify and develop appropriate IT systems which will be used to support the company’s activities and provide important management information in future.
“We identified a number of suitable software packages and these could prove integral to the firm’s continued success.”

Published by the Chamber of Commerce, March 2005

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