Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Group advice

In light of the ongoing messages from Government about the vital importance of social-distancing as part of the fight against Coronavirus (COVID-19), IAM RoadSmart’s Senior Management Team has today (23 March) updated its advice and guidance for groups, observers and examiners.

There has been clear and firm guidance from government in recent days that travel should be limited to essential journeys only. 

The priority must be for IAM RoadSmart and all our groups to contribute fully to efforts to minimise the spread of the virus nationwide and maintain the health and safety of all staff, members, associates, examiners and customers.

Therefore with immediate effect, groups are required to:

  • Stop all observed runs for associates, both in cars and on motorcycles

  • Stop all meetings and social gatherings, including AGMs, ride-outs and recruitment activity

Should you continue to carry out observed drives/rides this may have consequences as far as insurance cover is concerned.

Advanced driving and riding tests and assessments remain suspended until further notice as are all re-qualifications for Local Observer Assessors, National Observers, Fellows and Masters.

Where associates’ membership expires, we will extend their membership, 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. Each associate should contact our Customer Care team by emailing  or calling 0300 303 1134 only when they have received their membership renewal notice.
Groups are required to hold an AGM once every calendar year and within 18 months of the previous AGM. You may wish to consider holding your AGM via video or phone conference call. Proxy and postal voting can also still take place and be used for resolutions.

Additional advice on AGMs is available at and from the Charity Commission for England and Wales, the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland and the Scottish Charity Regulator.

IAM RoadSmart staff continue to work from home wherever possible, in line with current government advice and the Senior Management Team continues to meet daily, by conference call.

Our ASDMs are available by phone and email. Please contact them if you have any questions.

All groups are advised to continue to monitor and follow the Government advice, which you can find on and NHS Direct, and on Public Health England, Health Protection Scotland,  the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland and Public Health Wales.

We thank you for your co-operation in these unprecedented times and we will continue to update you regularly, through Inform, as the situation and government advice develops.


Note to all members and associates and potential new members/associates.

Scarborough and District  Advanced Motorists and Motorcycles will adhere to the above directive from IAM HQ.


All proposed social meetings and committee meetings are to be postponed until the crisis is over.

Please contact any member of the group either by telephone, mobile or internet should you wish to discuss any your own queries/advice you may have on any aspect of advanced driving/riding. Thank you for your cooparaton. Editor





Members Driving Assessment POSTPONED


Watch out for new dates 2020


‘The Street Community Centre’ YO12 7PW


We have designed this evenings drive-out to help check your skills and remind you how driving to the advanced standard is both safer and more relaxed for you the driver and your passengers. This is not a pass or fail excise, just a gentle reminder of skills you may have forgotten since taking the advanced driving test. No cost, no pressure and no forms to sign.

You will however be given a written report highlighting your driving achievements  for the evening.

Why not come along and enjoy other drivers company and have a tea or coffee afterwards.

For more info please contact The Editor.

Our Advanced Driver and Rider Course gift vouchers make thoughtful gifts

Our advanced course gift vouchers make attractive, thoughtful presents. Valid for twelve months, our vouchers are sent to the purchaser so that a personal greeting can be added before gifting them. 

Your guide to IAM RoadSmart Advanced Course gift vouchers

Gift vouchers are available for both our Advanced Driver and Advanced Rider Courses and include everything needed to help any driver or rider gain our advanced qualification. The recipient simply needs to add a dash of commitment to learning and developing new skills with us!

They are sent to you to pass on with love

Our gift vouchers are sent to the purchaser for you to gift onto someone else.  There is space for you to add your own personal message to the voucher. You can of course gift them to yourself as well!

How to redeem the vouchers

Our vouchers are valid for twelve months from the date of purchase so they can be redeemed when convenient. All the recipient needs to do is to call the activation number on the voucher, quote the reference code and then provide us with their contact details - it's as simple as that.

How to order your gift vouchers

Please use the links below to order online or call 0300 303 1134. Remember they are valid for twelve months and we don't need to know who you plan to give them to when you purchase them, so they are ideal to keep for future use.

Once we have activated the voucher we will send the course logbook and ask our local group to make contact and invite the recipient to start the advanced course with them. 

The Scarborough Group of IAM RoadSmart is a Registered Charity, number: 1056973