Church Wilne Rotary Club

President Nigel welcomed John Butler of the Institute of Advanced Drivers, known as IAM Road Smart,, he gave an entertaining talk on helping anyone develop their driving skills and become a better driver.
Drivers are accompanied by a qualified expert who would observe their driving and offer suggestions and tips to improve their skills. It usually takes 6 months to be ready for the advanced driving test, which takes around 60 to 90 minutes. The test, training and support materials costs £175.00.
We discussed the high costs of young drivers paying their car insurance, when they first start to drive and were advised that there is some funding available for young drivers to enable them to take the advanced driving test and develop their driving skills. Tel 0300 303 1134 or
Free taster courses are available to learn more, they last about an hour, in a one to one format or are held during a friendly group event day.
Further details about Church Wilne Rotary may be found on our website here:
Or you may contact the Secretary at
Rotarian Dr John A Cook.

Highway Code Changes

 Inform News Alert

News for Trustees, Group Chairs, Group Secretaries, Treasurers, Chief Observers,
Group Committee Members, Examiners, National and Local Observers 
and all active Group Officials
Highway Code changes – IAM RoadSmart response

To raise awareness of Government changes to The Highway Code, aimed at providing better protection for vulnerable road users, and expected to come into effect from 29th January, IAM RoadSmart has produced a series of graphics and documents outlining these changes for you to share via your social channels.

With eight new rules being introduced, as well as 49 revisions to existing rules, these changes apply to all road users, including horse riders and cyclists, and introduce a risk-based hierarchy. The new hierarchy of road users means that those in charge of vehicles that can cause the greatest harm in the event of an incident bear the greatest responsibility to take care and reduce the danger they pose to others. The full list of changes can be found here.

IAM RoadSmart has been raising awareness of these changes since they were proposed in 2020 and our involvement has included responding to Government consultations, carrying out surveys amongst members, and commenting on the issue within the media. The new Code was also raised by IAM RoadSmart at the DfT Road Safety Delivery Group which led to us being invited to join a DfT working party on promoting the changes. We have also worked with partners such as PACTS and taken part in seminars to present our views. Most recently we have contacted every current MP and member of the House of Lords to remind them of the need to scrutinise the proposals before the end of January.

IAM RoadSmart will continue to raise awareness of these changes over the coming months, and if you would like to tell us how you’re experiencing the changes then you can email

The latest IAM RoadSmart Highway Code materials can be downloaded and shared on your social media channels here.

Neil Greig, Director of Policy and Research at IAM RoadSmart, said: “The new changes to the Highway Code are the most important for decades and yet very few road users are aware of what is coming and how they are supposed to act.  The Highway Code is now more about encouraging active travel as opposed to just being about safety on our roads.  These significant new rules are being implemented, and the main issue now is to ensure that the key messages get out to all road users to reduce conflict on the roads.  IAM RoadSmart are working hard to communicate the new rules and will also support official educational sources once they are made available.”

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A Message From The Group Secretary

Dear Associate,

IAM Roadsmart has stated that Car Groups can resume observed drives starting from Monday 20th July 2020.

I have attached the relevant information for you in red below.

We recognise some Associates, Observers and Examiners will be hesitant about returning to in-car course delivery and testing. All activity 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.
Guidelines for restarting Advanced Driver coaching are now available on the Group Management dashboard for groups, Observers and Examiners.
In-car coaching in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland remains suspended until devolved administration restrictions are eased.
The guidelines – Car Observer COVID-19 Restart Guidance V1 2 July 2020 and Car Examiner COVID-19 Restart Guidance V1 2 July 2020 – reflect the guidance issued to driving instructors by the DVSA. Advice for Associates is also available as a guidance document.
Recommendations about the use of PPE – facemasks, gloves and hand sanitiser – are included and groups are encouraged to start making arrangements to provide this equipment for Observers. The indicative timetable for a return to Advanced Driver coaching, subject to the circumstances in each car and combined group, is:
Monday 6 July – peer observed sessions and assessments can begin to ensure observing skills are up to date. These sessions must be conducted in accordance with the guidelines unless all participants are part of the same household or ‘social bubble’. Observers must continue to operate to IMI standards. The LOPS and NOPS forms on the Group Management dashboard provide a helpful guide.
Monday 20 July – Observed sessions with Associates may start.
Monday 3 August – IAM RoadSmart Advanced Driver testing starts.
While groups may wish to set a different timetable for returning to in-car coaching according to their circumstances, in preparation all Observers and Examiners in England are requested to:

Use the guidelines – Car Observer COVID-19 Restart Guidance V1 2 July 2020

We understand that you will be disappointed to not be able to start/resume your progress toward becoming and advanced drive but we feel that, in the interests safety of both associates and observers, it is still too early to resume observed drives due to the difficulty in maintaining a safe social distance between observers and associates (unlike the motorcycle groups where they are on separate machines and can maintain a good social distance between the observer and associate).

The main reason for this is that large majority of our observers feel that now is not yet the time to resume observed drives due to age, underlying health issues or both.

We will continue to monitor the situation and also advise you of any change in circumstances. In the meantime, please do take care, stay safe stay well.

Kind regards,

John Butler

Group Secretary and National Observer


A message from our Chairman, Derek McMullan

A message from our Chairman, Derek McMullan

Dear All 

I hope you, your family and loved ones remain well. 

Our now reduced freedom is alien to us all and will be a challenge in all aspects of our lives.  It is vital to arrest the progress of the virus and give us all the best chance of minimising the impact on us all.  I hope you can see the team-spirit you’ve developed in your local groups and as a member of IAM RoadSmart is a strength you can apply to all aspects of your lives in the challenge ahead.

The extraordinary pace of the virus has forced equally extraordinary changes to our normal activities and the team supporting you from Welwyn Garden City has made an outstanding effort in transferring as much of the business as we can over to home-working. Local groups are also finding new and innovative ways to keep in touch and for that I congratulate you all.

A number of IAM RoadSmart staff have already stepped forward to join the NHS Volunteer Responders. I am sure many of you have also done so and I thank everyone who is using their commitment to volunteering to help at this time.

You may also wish to find out more about the COVID-19 symptom tracker app which is providing valuable research data to help tackle the spread of the virus.

We are as well prepared as it is possible to be in the circumstances. Now we need to maintain IAM RoadSmart for the time when we can return to the real world.

Stay safe.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) – member update

In light of the most recent instructions from government about the vital importance of social-distancing as part of the fight against Coronavirus (COVID-19), IAM RoadSmart’s Senior Management Team continues to meet daily by conference call so I wanted to communicate with all our members about what actions IAM RoadSmart has taken to minimise the risk of spreading the virus.

The priority must be for IAM RoadSmart and all our members and 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 all groups have suspended activities including observed runs for associates, both in cars and on motorcycles and all meetings and social gatherings, including AGMs and ride-outs. 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.


We have also taken the decision on Tuesday 24 March to close our offices in Welwyn Garden City until further notice. We will therefore unfortunately be unable to respond to letters or communications that are sent in the post at the current time. We would encourage people to use email to contact us wherever possible. Membership related enquiries should be sent to


Our Customer Care phone lines are still operational from 8.30am until 6pm, Monday to Friday. You may have to wait a little longer than usual for a response to your call or email, but we thank you in advance for your patience and will answer your query as quickly as we can.

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.

I trust you enjoyed reading our new redesigned magazine, RoadSmart, which you should have received last week. We appreciate all feedback, suggestions and your letters for the next issue. You can access a digital version on our website via the member login at and don’t forget the member area also has a whole host of member benefits as well as enabling you to update your contact details.  Why not login now and see everything we offer?  

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



Best wishes to you, your friends and family.


Mike Quinton



Driving Licenses in the EU after Brexit

Be Prepared! Travelling in the EU after Brexit.

The Government has confirmed that if there is no deal with the EU then mutual recognition of driving licences between the UK and EU may end. This would mean that UK drivers wishing to drive in the EU after 29 March 2019 would need to get an International Driving Permit (IDP). An International Driving Permit is a permit that allows you to drive in countries where a UK licence alone is not sufficient. It is basically an official, multi-language translation of your driving licence. You could be fined (or worse) for relying on just an IDP – so, you must carry your UK licence too. You can apply for an IDP 3 months before you travel, however, a permit cannot be backdated.

IDPs are valid for 1 to 3 years depending on the type required for your destination country. Whilst your IDP is valid it can be used in as many countries as you wish providing you have the correct version. You can purchase as many permits as required, as you may need more than one permit if you are travelling or driving through more than one country. You should check the requirements for each country.

  • A 1949 Convention IDP (Ireland, Iceland, Spain, Malta, Cyprus), or

  • A 1968 Convention IDP (all other EU countries, Norway and Switzerland)

  • A 1926 Convention IDP (Liechtenstein)

  • Ireland has ratified the 1949 Convention but doesn’t require foreign drivers to carry an IDP, so you won’t need an IDP to drive in Ireland after 29 March 2019.

Find out if you may need an IDP using the Post Office’s IDP Country Checker.

Find your nearest IDP issuing Post Office, and despite there being around 2,500 branches, the nearest issuing Post offices to Derby seem to be Nottingham, Sheffield, Leicester and Coventry! Refer to: (Where’s My Nearest Branch)

Number Plates and National Identifiers

Under international conventions, GB is the distinguishing sign to display on UK-registered vehicles when driving outside of the UK, including in the EU and the EEA. You will not need a GB sticker to drive outside the UK if you replace a Euro-plate with a number plate that features the GB sign without the EU flag.

You can display the distinguishing sign as either a GB sticker or a GB sign on your number plate.

From 29 March 2019, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, you may need a GB sticker even if your vehicle has a Euro-plate (a number plate displaying both the EU flag and a GB sign).

All things considered, a staycation may be a better option!


RoadSmart Videos

An introduction to the stages of IPSGA
Check out our new IPSGA video which is aimed at non-advanced drivers and riders and can be used as a promotional tool. Have you taken a look at our YouTube page recently? We’re producing more video content with the newest videos being about IPSGA and our driving and motorcycle Skills Day. Take a look at our YouTube page by clicking here.
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Vision Zero

IAM RoadSmart and Continental Tyres are looking for drivers to participate in their Vision Zero Live driving events at Dunsfold in Surrey and Donington Park in Derbyshire in September.​​

New Saturday dates added!

Invite extended to all IAM RoadSmart members (and families)

Book your places now.