GEM Road Safety Charity
Since its formation in 1932, GEM's principle aim has been Road Safety. We established our registered Road Safety Charity in 1983. This is a research and campaigning organisation, separate from our breakdown service business. Through it, we provide financial support to a large number of Road Safety campaigns across the UK.
Recent projects by the charity include research into the nation's future Road Safety targets, and schemes aimed at improving the safety of inexperienced drivers and motorcyclists.
With the proposed reduction in Government public expenditure on Road Safety, the GEM Charity can play a vital role in safety initiatives. And that helps everyone using our roads.
- Mr M Cooke (Chairman)
- Viscount Simon
- Mrs L Ward
- Mr D Swain
- Miss M Emms
- Mr A Fearon
The Charity's Recent Campaigns
Video regarding the use of mobile phones by drivers
The illegal use of mobile phones by drivers remains a high priority for road safety campaigns. The GEM Road safety Charity has funded a short video which is freely available online and which shows how distracting it can be to drive and a use a phone at the same time. Under controlled conditions a group of drivers undertake a series of driving tests while using their phones and the results show how on the open road the consequences could be disastrous. Watch the GEM mobile phone and driving video.
Getting young drivers back on the road in safety
The GEM Road Safety Charity was delighted to work closely with The Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) by sponsoring a policy research paper on the significant problem of young driver accidents.
412 people were killed in accidents involving young car drivers (17-24 years) in 2011 accounting for 22% of all road deaths. Nearly a fifth (1,552) of all car occupants killed or seriously injured were young car drivers.
The research paper makes a strong case to the Government to explore this problem thoroughly and rationally and take action that will reduce this costly and unnecessary waste of young life.
In particular the report asks for the introduction of a Graduated Licence scheme to be given serious consideration despite the fact that successive Governments have consigned it into the ‘too difficult’ pile.
Read the full report.
Volunteer Rider Training for 'Life Savers'
Throughout the country there are groups of volunteer riders (and some drivers) who carry out a lifesaving role by ensuring that blood and other medical products are delivered to hospitals out of normal working hours.
SERV – Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers offer their services free of charge and provide an emergency courier service for urgent medical items. The GEM Road Safety Charity has made an initial donation to SERV to provide funds to allow their volunteer riders to undergo advanced rider training.
Mobility Choices for Older Road Users
The GEM Charity has partly funded a major research study conducted by PACTS (Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety) which highlights a number of recommendations to ensure that the growing number of older road users remain mobile and safe on our roads. Read the full report
Get Clued Up
Drug driving is almost as widespread as drink driving among young people. We sponsor the Get Clued Up website, a resource for teachers, students and parents to help combat this growing problem.
Don't Motor on Meds
Illegal drugs are not the only danger. Medication supplied by doctors or pharmacists can seriously affect drivers and make them unsafe on the roads. To raise awareness GEM has produced a leaflet for distribution in surgeries and clinics throughout the UK.
How can the GEM Road Safety Charity help you?
The charity funds both local and national Road Safety initiatives. There's a formal application process. Requests for assistance are assessed by our trustees, following the Executive Council's recommendations. The trustees allocate financial assistance according to the merits of the application... and the availability of the other funds to applicants. Fill out the application form.
The charity also produces a range of informative road safety leaflets which are available free of charge to anyone.
If you require any help or advice on any Road Safety issue please ring 01342 825 676 or submit your enquiry using our Contact Form.
How can you help the GEM Road Safety Charity?
Spread the word
If you'd like carry one of our campaigns into your community, contact us for a supply of free leaflets and campaign materials.
We always need funding to continue and extend our life-saving work. We invite individuals and businesses to donate to the charity and sponsor campaigns. Even a small contribution can make a difference. Your gift is very much appreciated. Download a Charity Donation form today.