A POLICE panda van ‘pimped’ by a winning team of West Cheshire College motor vehicle students is heading up the campaign by Cheshire Safer Roads Partnership (CSRP) to encourage safer driving – particularly among young people.
The competition, based on TV programme Pimp My Ride, was organised by CSRP to give motor vehicle students across the county a chance to ‘pimp’ a police vehicle to their own imaginative design.
The team from West Cheshire College won and saw its interactive design, which includes hi- tech in-car entertainment systems, flat-screen TVs and an Xbox, turned into reality.
CSRP manager Lee Murphy said: “Pimp My Panda gave us the opportunity to talk to local young drivers who have a passionate interest in cars and want an input into the road safety issues that matter to them — such as drink- and drug-driving, using your mobile phone when driving, speeding; and distractions in the car.
“The team from West Cheshire College demonstrated an excellent knowledge of both cars and mechanics and road safety, coming up with a very innovative design.
“By working together with the students, the Partnership now has a unique vehicle that captures the enthusiasm around the growing interest in car modification and also raises awareness of the risks to young drivers.”
College tutor Rob Donald said: “It was a great experience for the four students because it tested their skills in car safety, appearance and design, understanding of mechanics and knowledge of road safety.”