Keiran in pole position as top young driver

Keiran Donnelly receives his award from Councillor James Coyle
Keiran Donnelly receives his award from Councillor James Coyle

VIEWPARK teenager Keiran Donnelly has been named North Lanarkshire’s top young driver.

The Young Driver of the Year Award is a nationwide road safety initiative and North Lanarkshire was the first council to present one.

Keiran (19) has been a carer for his mother, who suffers from epilepsy, from a very young age and saw driving as a key to freedom for him and his family.

Since passing his test not only his mother, but also his grandparents, have benefitted from journeys to hospital appointments and more, with Keiran working overtime to afford to run his car.

He said: “Winning this competition came as a huge surprise to me.

“My family were over the moon when they heard that I had won, especially my mum as she was the reason for my driving.”

Keiran was nominated by his aunt Lynn who said: “Everyone in the family is happy for Keiran. I’m so proud of him, but then I have been ever since I can remember.

“He’s a good, kind-hearted young man and when we arrived home his mum had tears of joy in her eyes.”

Keiran received his award and prize money at a presentation in Motherwell Civic Centre from planning and transportation convener Councillor James Coyle.

He said: “Keiran is a very deserving winner, unselfishly giving up his own free time to help his mum and others in his family with daily tasks and outings.

“The Young Driver of the Year Award has been a successful part of the council’s ongoing commitment to raising awareness of road safety and reducing accidents.

“It has highlighted how many local young people are using their cars safely and considerately to help others in their communities. Many of their stories were inspirational.”

The runners-up were Lyndsay Crawford (20), of Airdrie, and Matthew Quinn (23), of Motherwell.

The competition is sponsored by traffic data collection experts Sky High - Count On Us.

Scottish director Grant Wilson said: “The award has been a great success at discovering some great young drivers and their uplifting stories have made us see young drivers in a new, positive light.”

Keiran will represent North Lanarkshire against the winners of the other areas when a national champion is crowned at the end of the year.