TranServ’s Bill Smith Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Scotland TranServ engineer Bill Smith has been recognised for a lifetime commitment to improving Road Safety, with a highly prestigious Lynda Chalker Award.
Bill, who is a fundamental part of the operating company’s multi-award winning Strategic Road Safety team, has devoted four decades to improving the safety of our roads across Glasgow, South West Scotland and further afield.
Since starting his civil engineering career in the seventies, Bill has worked with a number of agencies including Strathclyde Regional Council, Glasgow City Council, and for a number of years with Bob Geldof’s successful communications business, Ten Alps Communicate.
“It is an absolute honour to receive this prestigious award, particularly from your peers. Having worked for nearly 40 years in the road safety industry, I’ve been fortunate enough to work alongside, and learn from, some outstanding engineers and communicators. It is important to keep innovating and identifying new technology.
“Too often we talk about road safety in numbers of casualties, in percentages and in financial terms, but it is essential that we never forget that each of these numbers is a life lost, a family devastated and a community impacted. Only by considering the true human extent of road safety can we remain fully motivated in our efforts to continuously improve and with each new development ensure that we save real lives.”
Along the way, Bill has collected numerous awards, including FIVE prestigious Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards, Highways Awards and only last month he collected two National Transport Awards with Scotland TranServ.
Scotland TranServ’s Strategic Road Safety Manager, Vincent Tait added:
“Bill is a very rare blend of engineer, communicator and educator. Even now with almost 40 years’ experience behind him, he continues to innovate, and bring new technology to South West Scotland’s trunk roads, enhancing safety to the benefit of real families.
“Working at the forefront of our industry, he introduced many developments that today we take for granted, including bicycle helmet initiatives, child kerbcraft pedestrian training and multiple other road safety initiatives. It is safe to say that as a pioneer of road safety he has played a significant part in saving an untold number of lives on our roads.”