PRIMARY pupils will have their artwork hailed - as they compete to have their drawings displayed on the side of a black cab.

Glasgow Taxis Ltd is giving P7 pupils the chance to show off their art skills to the city with the launch of a road safety competition in Glasgow schools.

Find A Safe Place To Cross The Road asks children to submit drawings and the winner will have his or her entry emblazoned on the sides of a taxi for a year.

The winning pupil's school will also be rewarded with £400 of art vouchers, with £100 of vouchers gifted for the runner-up design.

Judging the competition will be George Haggarty, Cordia school crossing patroller area manager; George Cairns, Glasgow City Council road safety development officer; and a Glasgow Taxis' driver.

Primary seven teachers are being asked to check the Glasgow Online website for an A3 design template for the competition, which they can print off and give to pupils.

Entries should then be posted to Glasgow Taxis Ltd's headquarters, in Boden Street, before November 30.

The winner will be announced on December 17.

Stephen Flynn, vice-chairman of Glasgow Taxis Ltd, said: "Road safety is a very important issue, especially now the clocks have gone back and the nights are getting darker earlier.

"This is a great opportunity for pupils and teachers to get involved with a competition that is educational and also enjoyable."

Colin Anderson, a crossing patroller who was at the competition's launch at St Clare's Primary, Drumchapel, said: "This is a great way to make learning about the issue of road safety enjoyable. I look forward to seeing the end result on the side of a cab."

The theme of 'finding a safe place to cross' is in line with the work Glasgow City Council's Community Action Teams carry out in schools across the city.

Councillor Stephen Curran said: "We have some very talented pupils in our schools, so I am sure the judges will have a hard job picking a winner.

"It's a great opportunity for pupils and a great way to highlight the importance of road safety in a fun way."