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IAM H Q have said preparations to resume Advanced coaching can begin from Monday 6th July in England, in line with the DVSA announcement that driving lessons can restart from Saturday 4th July.

All acitivity must only resume when they feel it is safe to do so, according to individual circumstances. If any party has concerns, an observed drive or test must not be carried out.

IAM RoadSmart group rides can also resume from Monday 1 June, in England where six people will be allowed to meet outdoors, as long as social distancing is still observed.

Advanced Motorcycle tests will resume from Monday 6 Julyin England

In support of this easing of the current restrictions on motorcycle observed rides and group rides, the Area Service Delivery Managers (ASDMs) will be returning to work from Monday 8 June.

In preparation for a return to observed rides, all group members, Observers and Examiners are requested to:

  • Familiarise themselves with the COVID-19 Restart Observer Guidance – Motorcycle June 2020 and the COVID-19 Restart Examiner Guidance – Motorcycle June 2020, both published on the group dashboard in Running a group,  Observer resources and Examiner resources in the forms and documents section.
  • Take the opportunity, in line with current social distance advice to undertake one on one refresh rides and cross-checking of skills to ensure all observers are confident to resume observed rides from 15 June. Observers must continue to operate to IMI standards. The LOP and NOP forms on the group dashboard provide a helpful guide.
  • Take the opportunity to review regular routes and ensure social distancing rules can be maintained at all times, in line with IAM RoadSmart’s COVID-19 Restart guidelines.
  • Take the opportunity to find out when and how your associates would like to return to their observed rides.

These arrangements are based on the latest government guidance for England. Some Observers, Examiners or associates will have their own personal reasons for remaining inactive at this time. If any party has concerns, an observed ride or test must not be carried out.

The new guidelines reflect feedback from the recent survey of groups about preparing to return to business. ASDMs will work with groups, Observers and Examiners from Monday 8 June to make sure we deliver coaching and tests safely.

In light of these recommendations and actions, where an associate’s membership expires, we will extend it, at no additional cost, for up to a further six months to enable all associates to complete their coaching and take their test without disadvantage. We will not be providing refunds of course fees.

Advanced Motorists

Our group provides a variety of advanced and safer driving schemes and assessments for motor cyclists, car and HGV drivers.

The group meets at 10:00am on the third Sunday of the month now at McDonalds Car Park Bakewell Road, Matlock for guidance sessions. Associate Members can use these sessions to go on observed runs with any of the observers.

Image from IAM RoadSmart website for link to it

Free assessment drives for local motorists and riders are provided for non-members.

Similar sessions are also conducted at 10:00am on the second Sunday of the month at the Eyre Arms Car Park, Calver.

During the summer period (May to September) Guidance Sessions will be held at The Duke William pub on the first Tuesday of every month. We may not have speakers or planned events every month, but it gives us chance to meet socially, and have rides out and drive checks. There is somewhere to go if it‟s bad weather and refreshments are available

Club meetings are held during October to April  on the first Tuesday of each month at The Duke William, Starkhomes from 7:30pm. These social events include talks and presentations relating to motoring, annual quiz and AGM.

Talk and Presentation on Advanced Motorists

The group can provide a speaker with powerpoint presentation of images, sound and video on advanced motoring