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Castlewellan teenager wins Translink Ulsterbus Cup

10 December 2013

Translink and DOE Road Safety Education have officially recognised the exam success of a Castlewellan teenager whose academic achievement highlights the need for caution on local roads.

Mark McEvoy from St Colman’s College - Newry, today (Tuesday 10th December 2013) received the 2013 Translink Ulsterbus Cup in recognition of being Northern Ireland’s top performing pupil in the GCSE subject of Motor Vehicle and Road User Studies (MVRUS).

The MVRUS GCSE course covers a range of topics including the Highway Code; alcohol abuse amongst road users; motoring mechanics and legal driving requirements.

This is the 19th year of the award and the sixth time that a pupil from St Colman’s has won the cup. It is also the 17th time that a school within the Southern Education and Library Board area has delivered the top performing pupil.

Speaking at a special presentation ceremony in Laganside Buscentre also attended by DENI, CCEA and SELB representatives, John Trethowan, Chairman, NITHC/Translink, said:

“The safety of our customers, employees and the general public is always a top priority and we work hard to ensure that high safety standards are always maintained.

“The Translink Ulsterbus Cup highlights the continued need for effective road safety education to ensure that young people behave responsibly whether they are a pedestrian, passenger or motorist.
“Unfortunately, PSNI statistics show that 53 people have died in road traffic collisions in Northern Ireland this year - a significant increase compared to this time last year*.

“This GCSE subject provides a strong foundation for young people to understand the dangers out there and to always travel safely. Mark’s top performance sets a shining example to other young people to exercise caution on local roads.

“We would like to congratulate Mark and St Colman’s College, Newry, on winning the Ulsterbus Cup and thank them for their efforts to provide young people with essential road safety life-skills,” said John.
Also praising Mark’s accomplishment, Chris McLaughlin, Road Safety Education Manager, Department of the Environment said:

"Today marks a great achievement for Mark. Not only has he come top amongst his fellow students at St Colman’s College but he is also the top Northern Ireland student in this subject.  This is no mean feat considering the number of pupils and indeed schools taking up the subject in recent years.

"Mark’s result demonstrates a tremendous awareness and understanding of road safety knowledge and skills - both from a theoretical, and more importantly, practical manner and he deserves great credit.  
“The Motor Vehicle & Road User Studies course, although just one of many educational interventions aimed at reducing deaths and serious injuries on our roads, is of considerable importance in reaching young pre-drivers at a very influential stage in their lives. 

“The DOE’s team of Road Safety Education Officers, in partnership with CCEA, will continue to promote the subject and I would encourage other schools to consider offering it as a GCSE to their pupils."

The Translink Ulsterbus Cup is delivered in partnership between Translink and the Department of the Environment’s Road Safety Education Officer Service.

PIC - Mark McEvoy, a pupil at St Colman’s College, Newry, has been awarded the 2013 Translink Ulsterbus Cup in recognition of being Northern Ireland’s top performing pupil in GCSE Motor Vehicle and Road User Studies (MVRUS).  Awarded in partnership with DOE Road Safety Education, the cup presentation aims to remind young people to stay alert to the dangers and need for caution on local roads. Pictured with Mark is Translink chairman John Trethowan (and Chris McLaughlin from DOE Road Safety Education

Published
10/12/2013

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