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The Newsletter of Chelmsford Advanced Motorists

Where? www.iamchelmsford.org.uk Issue 124 March 2018 IAM Group 7223 Registered Charity No 1059372


Congratulations Here is one of our successful members receiving his certificate. Alan Shaw on the right receiving his certificate from Chairman Steve Wright.

Roads Minister Jesse Norman at the National Roads Policing Conference. See Page 20 for more information about a possible new system for reporting Accidents and new system for the Police to record them.

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“Little did I know when I signed up for a Drive55 evaluation at a stall in Braintree, what I had let myself in for. With my 70th birthday a couple of years away and with over 50 years driving and motorcycling experience, I was anxious to know from a third party perspective whether my driving was up to standard before I renewed my licence. Had it not been I was quite prepared to give up driving. The evaluation was very positive and I was informed that with a bit of “polish” I would have no problem In passing my IAM test. The jury is out whether or not this was just a sales pitch, but nonetheless I signed up and paid my fee. Clifford was assigned as my observer and the weeks and months went by driving around areas of Essex I had not visited before. Each lesson ended with a parched throat followed by a splitting headache. Sadly due to other pressures and long periods between lessons for various reasons the training period became quite protracted. Fortunately Graham came to the rescue and lessons restarted on a regular basis. “Making good progress" was drummed into my head and I adapted my driving style accordingly although I am not convinced it had no impact on fuel consumption. The effort was worth it in the end and I certainly feel more confident for the right reasons so have now renewed my driving licence and look forward to a few more years behind the wheel. My thanks to both Clifford and Graham for their patience.” Kind regards, Alan Shaw

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Forthcoming Group Meetings These are usually held on the 2nd Monday of each month at the Essex Police Sports and Social Club, Which is through the Police vehicle park at the very end of St. Margarets Road, Chelmsford. Group Meetings start promptly at 8pm, so please arrive at around 7.45pm.

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Associates, Full Members & Guests Welcome Date

Topic

Speaker

Monday 9th April

DNA & fingerprints

Chris Truran

Monday 14th May

Automatic Driving

Nick Fearn

Monday 11th June

Driving manoeuvres in the car park

Make a note in your diary and please be there! Disclaimer—Please note that the views and opinions expressed in this Newsletter are those of the individual writers and they do not necessarily reflect those of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, nor those of the Chelmsford and District Group of Advanced Motorists. Their accuracy has not been verified. Notice—Data Protection Act: records are held of members personal details submitted on their application form. The information will be used solely for the Group’s administration purposes and will not be passed to any third party.

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Welcome

to our new Associate and Full Members. We look forward to seeing and talking to them at our monthly Group nights Dale Borthwick

Sth Woodham Ferrers

Pat Brown

Roger Alderman

Witham

Thomas Baskeyfield Witham

Rachel Peating

Chelmsford

Sue Cross

Lewis Crowder

Witham

Chelmsford

Chelmsford

We are a friendly bunch, so don’t be worried about coming to our Group nights if you are on your own. Make yourself known to John who will greet you at the desk, he will find one of us to come and talk to you. John will also try to get you to part with some money for the raffle. There will be Local and National Observers, at the evening and you will be able to get answers to any questions that you have. Please come along, we’ll even give you tea or coffee and there is a bar - for light refreshments obviously! Terry Joyce Page 4

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Roll of Honour Congratulations to these latest Members of our Group who have Passed

‘The Test’ Test No

Name

Test Date

Observer

1105

Neil Lyons

26th January 2018

Graham Lowe

1106

Richard Young

9th February 2018

Norman Smith

1107

Rosalind Gunning

13th February 2018

Rob Wise

1108

Steven Fox

23rd February 2018

Mark Criddle

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From the Chairman Dear Members Coming to the end of my tenure as Chair I find myself writing a similar inclusion to one periodically printed in this publication. As previously mentioned some committee members are due to stand down at our next AGM. As well as myself standing down we are also going to lose the newsletter editor and secretary. This means that key positions will be empty in the committee and personally I cannot see how the group would run if these positions are not filled. I therefore ask, if you can give a little time to the group, that you contact me as soon as you can as it would be good to have a transition period. The Treasurer post is no longer vacant however the following are still necessary. Firstly we need a Secretary. Without this post we can no longer operate. If we cannot find someone to take over this role then the group will no longer be recognised. Secondly we need someone to take over the production and editing of the newsletter. Without a volunteer or volunteers coming forward then the magazine will no longer exist. I believe this will be a very sad day. Finally we need a Vice Chair. This assumes that Norman our current Vice Chair takes over as Chair unopposed. This post needs to be fill to enable a smooth transition if and when the Chair leaves. Please consider the above as the group’s existence depends on it. May I thank all those remaining on and leaving the committee for their hard work and commitment and thank those joining the committee in advance. Kindest Regards Steve Wright Group Chairman

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~~~~~~~~ Editorial ~~~~~~~~ Hello, I hope you coped well with ‘The Beast from the East’ Do any of you use winter tyres? Please read Page 21 and 22, Minutes of the AGM from last year and the notification of the AGM for this year. The picture on the cover relates to the article on Page 12 by By Peter Rodger, IAM RoadSmart's head of driving advice.

Driver Experience Days

Our Driver Experience Days are a must, please check out Page 23.

GDPR General Data Protection Regulations are being introduced on May 25th. To allow us to contact you after that and continue to send you our newsletter we will have to have your consent. Please keep an eye out for an email/letter that will ask you to confirm this.

Check out the dates for this year on Page 19. Please keep the letters and articles coming.

Terry Joyce To all those people who have passed their test: It would be appreciated if you could write a few words thanking your Observer and maybe something about the process and your test, to give those New Associates an insight into the process of learning Advanced Driving. Please remember: Do telephone both your Observer and Graham Lowe ( Associates Co-ordinator ) immediately after your test.

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Group contact information Our Group Enquiry number: - 07757 399897 Honorary Life Members

Mr Mike Corbett, Mr Glyn Jarrett, Mrs Ruth Jarrett, Mr Dave Travers, Mr Colin Snow, Mr Scott Bannister, Mrs Gaynor Manthorpe.

Committee Chairman

Steve Wright

Vice Chairman Secretary

Norman Smith Colin Snow

Treasurer

John Johnston

Membership Secretary

Mick Gilbert

Chief Observer Associates Co-ordinator Newsletter Editor

Graham Lowe

Events Co-ordinator Training Officer

Terry Hyland Pat Clements

Terry Joyce

Outside Events Organiser Malcolm Kentish Committee Member

Ken Howard

Group Contact Committee Member

Terry Joyce John Ockmore

Committee Member

Dagmar Hampton

Committee Member Committee Member

Rak Rehal Richard Sneader

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8 essentials everyone needs to keep in their vehicle Whether it’s winter or summer, there are some key items you’ll need in your vehicle all year around to help you stay safe on the road. Richard Gladman, IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, provides the eight essentials that you should always keep in your vehicle.

Note: If you have friends and family who are unaware of advanced driving techniques, please share these tips with them to help them stay safe on the road. It’s always best to keep an ice-scraper and can of de-icer in your vehicle as the British weather is so unpredictable, and can be sunny one day and frosty the next. Carry an empty fuel can with you. Don’t carry a full or partially full one as this is a fire hazard and if it has recently had fuel in it, flammable vapour may still be present. You never know when you’ll need a first aid kit, so keeping one in the boot of your car is always handy for either yourself, or another road user if you’re first on scene at an accident. If you’ve broken down on the side of the road, the last thing you want is to be cold and unable to see your way around the dark. That’s why we advise drivers to always keep a torch and set of batteries in their vehicle, along with warm clothes, a blanket and a high visibility jacket. And don’t forget food and drink to stop your energy levels from dropping - bottled water is a must. The battery on your car can go flat at any time, whether you’re popping to your local fish and chip shop or picking your vehicle up from the airport carpark after a wonderful sunny holiday. Make sure you keep a set of jump leads in your car so you can start your engine with help from another driver’s vehicle. Keep a spare pair of sturdy shoes with a good grip in your car. You’ll need these to turn the wheel brace when changing a tyre, or to push your car if you’ve broken down, or even just to change shoes if there’s a sudden weather change.

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8 essentials everyone needs to keep in their vehicle continued

An item that’s often overlooked is the reflective warning triangle. This gives you extra security for a number of reasons such as breaking down in the dark. Put it out in accordance with the rule from the Highway code 274 which advises to “put a warning triangle on the road at least 45 metres (147 feet) behind your broken-down vehicle on the same side of the road, or use other permitted warning devices if you have them. Always take great care when placing or retrieving them, but never use them on motorways.” A lot of us use our satnavs to travel to unfamiliar places, but what if your battery dies and you can’t find the charger? Or what if it takes you the wrong way? The best thing to do is to refer back to your trusty road alas, so don’t forget to purchase an up-to-date copy every year and keep it in your car. A good rule of thumb is to take a look at your road map before you set off to get an idea of the direction you need to travel in. Find yourself a place to aim for or motorway signs to look out for. Last but not least your mobile phone. Switch it to silent and place it in the glove box to avoid any temptation to touch it, but it will be there ready to use when and if you need it. Richard says: “A journey can be a pleasant experience with the right planning, but it can turn into a nightmare if circumstances change and you do not have the right tools for the job with you. Getting stranded either in suddenly changing weather conditions, breakdowns or road closures will be made more bearable if you can let people know where you are, and survive in relative comfort and safety until you can get safely where you’re going.” Richard Gladman, IAM RoadSmart’ I would like to suggest another item that our Chief Observer Graham showed us at a group night. You will have noted from the paragraph regarding the reflective warning triangle, that the Highway Code states never use them on a motorway. It has 16 ultra bright red LED’s, a magnet for quick attachment and an additional hanging eyelet. This one is under £10 from Amazon. I would suggest it is a very useful item to have in the car. Terry Joyce Page 10

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A few snippets Jackie Thomson has sent in some thoughts on the behaviour of drivers that she has witnessed. I think you will relate to them. Am I missing something? Driving along the A130 through a 50MPH speed limit whilst roadworks were in place, only one other driver apart from me was abiding by the limit; I counted at least 30 cars speeding past me on the outside lane (some appearing to go over the national speed limit too!). I don’t understand this mentality of driving – do they not care if they get caught and fined? We need more Advanced Drivers in Essex! Pink headlights?? Driving through Basildon on a Sunday afternoon, sleet falling heavily and visibility poor, I checked my rear view mirror to see a BMW sporting pink headlights – surely they can’t be legal, despite being very pretty! idiot driver... Slippery conditions at night – idiot driver in a ‘Ranger’ pick-up truck tailgated me all the way from Brentwood to Shenfield (about 2 miles) no doubt because I was sticking to the correct speed limit. As soon as he could get ahead, on the A12 slip road, he zoomed past at a ridiculous speed then swerved from lane to lane, presumably to foil the speed censors – I could have made a mental note of his registration plate, would the police be interested if I reported him? Probably not.. Splashed by inconsiderate driver(s) I was walking home from work recently during very heavy rain, doing my best to step over the large puddles when a very thoughtless motorist managed to splash me with cold muddy rainwater up to waist height. Luckily I was on my way home, rather than going to work, although I was not too happy nevertheless. On researching this I read that a motorist can be fined up to £5,000.00 for splashing a pedestrian! Not sure if the police would be interested if I reported it as a 'nonemergency' crime though? Might give it a try next time and see what their reaction is... Full moon = Mad drivers ! Has it been proven that drivers do mad things on the night of a full moon? I witnessed some REALLY erratic, dangerous and downright stupid driving on a full moon night and can only put it down to that. Speed limits My daily commute to and from work involves walking beside a busy main road speed limit is 40 then down to 30 on the approach to my village. It is very noticeable that the majority of motorists exceed the speed limit and the only ones abiding are learner drivers. Something has to be done - but what I wonder? and another thing... I was driving at night recently - the car in front of me was black, and had absolutely no lights on at all - I flashed him vigorously but he continued completely unaware that his car was almost invisible. I was really worried that an accident was about to happen - but what else could I have done? Jackie Thomson Page 11

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Can you see where to go and where you’re going? A police officer recently tweeted that the only legal place to mount a satnav is on the bottom right hand corner of the windscreen of a car. The tweet was taken down fairly quickly but had been seen by a journalist who has an interest in motoring and raised the question - was the police officer right? There is a lot of information online that says you shouldn’t mount a satnav in the swept area of the windscreen (that’s the bit the wipers sweep). The explanation given is that the MOT test has a requirement for the swept area to be kept clear, and so it is illegal to obstruct it. For many people of course, this is a totally irrelevant as satnavs have moved on from being that little device on a sucker stuck somewhere on the screen, to being part of the dashboard. And the satnav mounting on a motorbike is another thing altogether. But for those who still rely on their portable satnav, positioning it correctly can be a bit tricky. I know I still use my trusted little grey box to tell me how to reach my destination when travelling to a new place. There is no offence that I have ever heard of that says that having something on your car that can result in an MOT failure is against the law. For example, having a spare tyre which is below pressure in the boot of your car may prompt an MOT fail, but the thought of it being a criminal offence to do so is totally nonsense. You may have just changed it because it’s got a puncture! I place my satnav at the bottom of the screen, where the only thing it stops me seeing is the bonnet. I put it where it will not be sent into someone’s face by an airbag deploying. I put it where I can see it easily at a glance if I need to look at it, so it isn’t a big distraction when checking a verbal instruction on the screen. I also hate loose wires that are draped around the inside of the car, so it is centrally placed at the bottom of the screen and under the mirror - it must look awful from the outside. But my seating position is quite high, so the satnav is not an obstruction to me or my view of the road. So, according to all the advice, including the police officer’s original tweet, my satnav is in the wrong place. But I would argue that we all sit differently and have different cars. So where each driver decides to put their satnav should always be a matter of judgement. That’s no excuse for sticking it in your eye line. But - to repeat the point above - there is no law I have heard of that automatically makes it an offence to be in contravention of the MOT test criteria. They can be more stringent than the criminal law. The key is to choose a safe and sensible location, where it is a help, and not an obstruction or distraction whilst driving. By Peter Rodger, IAM RoadSmart's head of driving advice Page 12

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Wanton and furious driving We have all heard of causing death by dangerous driving or causing death by careless driving, however the Government are considering if a charge on the statue books can be brought for causing death by dangerous cycling. A Department for Transport spokesperson said: “We are carrying out a review to improve all elements of cycle safety. This includes looking at the case for a new offence, equivalent to causing death or serious injury by careless or dangerous driving, to help protect both cyclists and pedestrians.” The review followed the case of cyclist Charlie Alliston, who was jailed for 18 months in September for knocking over and killing 44-year-old Kim Briggs in east London. His fixed-gear bike had no front brakes. Alliston, 20, was cleared of manslaughter but found guilty of causing bodily harm by “wanton and furious driving” under the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act. The Victorian law – originally drafted to deal with reckless handling of horses – was used because there was no cycling equivalent to the offence of causing death by dangerous driving.

What is the current law? Cyclists can be charged with careless or dangerous cycling, which carry maximum fines of £1,000 and £2,500 respectively. But there are no criminal offences that apply specifically to cyclists who cause death or injury.

In 2015, two pedestrians were killed and 96 seriously injured after being hit by bicycles. According to the Daily Telegraph, three pedestrians were killed by cyclists in 2016, with its statistics suggesting such collisions were increasing. More than 100 cyclists are killed and 3,000 seriously injured on British roads each year, according to government statistics. From various internet sources edited by Terry Joyce

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Advanced Driver For many of you it may have been years since you looked at the theory of Advanced Driving. I am sharing the new logbook issued to new members that join the group. The Advanced Driver Course Logbook continued

The six competencies framed by IPSGA This section looks in detail at what’s required of an advanced driver in each of the following six areas: • Core Driving Skills • Bends and Cornering • Roundabouts • Overtaking • Motorways and Dual carriageways • Manoeuvring

Information

Achieved

Demonstrates early and accurate identification and anticipation of hazards by raising and expanding vision Checks the appropriate mirrors before altering their position or speed Through observation, is aware of how other road users may affect decisions Uses all appropriate signals to communicate with other road users

Position Holds the steering wheel in a way that allows for a full and accurate range of movement Demonstrates a smooth steering action which allows for easy use of the other controls

Steers the vehicle accurately to maintain a stable, safe and appropriate course with the capacity to change direction, if required

Speed Demonstrates smooth acceleration, deceleration and accurate use of ‘acceleration sense’ Demonstrates smooth and accurate braking Holds the steering wheel with both hands during braking/accelerating Continued on Page 15

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Advanced Driver continued

Gear

Achieved

Demonstrates an ability to select the correct gear on every occasion Makes all gear-changes smoothly, matching engine revolutions where appropriate

Positions the steering for the required course when a gear change needs to be made in a hazard Manual vehicles - selects the correct gear straightaway Automatic vehicles - uses the vehicle’s gear selector to best advantage

Acceleration Accelerates smoothly when vision and speed limits permit

Core Driving Skills Core driving skills are those required to operate a vehicle’s controls with a degree of finesse. For example, the ability to change gear in a smooth and timely fashion, to steer accurately and to accelerate with due consideration. The overall impression should be of a careful and competent driver who is relaxed and in control.

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Advanced Driver continued

Information Advanced drivers must be able to:

TAKE information Demonstrates early and accurate identification and anticipation of hazards by raising and expanding vision Lift vision and look in all directions for early signs of potential problems On identifying a hazard plan to deal with the situation, remember, planning for the worst scenario can help a driver to deal with it safely Use their mirrors to link information on the hazard to what’s happening behind Check the appropriate mirrors before altering their position or speed Before slowing check appropriate mirror To move out, check offside mirror To move in, check nearside mirror Use blind spot checks, whenever needed

The overall aim is to maintain a safe operating space or ‘safety bubble’

USE information Through observation, be aware of how other road users may affect their decisions Always check both ways at junctions At roundabouts be aware of danger to the right, and of other traffic entering the roundabout at speed Be aware of responding emergency vehicles Give extra space to vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists motorcyclists and horse riders Advanced drivers should always be prepared to share or give up space for safety

GIVE information Use all appropriate signals to communicate with other road users Be aware that vehicle position assists communication Give signals in a timely fashion to communicate intentions, Indicators, brake lights and even arm signals if required Look at the other drivers not just at the vehicles to communicate Only use headlamps or horn to alert another road user to your presence never as a rebuke Page 16

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Advanced Driver continued

Position Advanced drivers must be able to: Hold the steering wheel in a way that allows for a full and accurate range of movement Maintain a light grip, ready to exert a tighter grip if required Keep arms slightly bent to prevent accidental movement of the steering wheel Demonstrate a smooth steering action which allows for easy use of the other controls Use a steering method that is comfortable and allows for a full range of movement with little physical effort Pull-Push steering enables safe and efficient use of other controls Fixed grip steering is an option for smaller movements of the wheel as long as the arms don’t cross Advanced drivers should also be aware that a comfortable seating position is important for accurate steering Steer the vehicle accurately to maintain a stable, safe and appropriate course with the capacity to change direction, if required Advanced drivers should be aware that the type of vehicle, any power assistance and the mechanical set up may influence their steering method A straight course should require little or no steering input Positive inputs will be required to substantially alter their position or turn their vehicle Accurate and consistent outcomes are the most important factor

Speed Advanced drivers must be able to: Demonstrate smooth deceleration and accurate use of ‘acceleration sense’ Acceleration sense is the ability to vary vehicle speed in response to changing road and traffic conditions by accurate use of the accelerator, so that you use the brakes less or not at all. It requires active observation, anticipation and planning for it to be used correctly Continued in the next edition.

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Young Driver Scheme Do you know of anyone who is not 17 years of age, but wants to learn how to drive? Chelmsford IAM group supports this road safety scheme to give people the opportunity to learn basic car control skills in Driving School Dual Controlled cars on private land before they go on the public Highway. Lessons, lasting for one hour, are run on the third Sunday of most months at Earls Colne (near Coggeshall). There is an initial Registration Fee of ÂŁ40 which covers registration and the first one hour lesson. Subsequent lessons cost ÂŁ28. Lessons must be booked in advance. The scheme is intended primarily for 16 year-olds but, if vacancies permit, places may be offered to 15 year-olds or even to older people who are nervous about

getting behind the wheel (again, or for the first time). Full details of the scheme, a letter from Essex Police and a map may be viewed, and the application Form can be downloaded, from http://youngdriverscheme.org/ Alternatively, forms may be obtained from the YDS Organiser. Nicola Hyland, 67 Main Road, St Lawrence Bay, Southminster, CM0 7NA Dedicated Mobile number 07847 645632 or yds@iamchelmsford.org.uk

Notification of Events There has been a lot of positive feedback from events organised by the Group. If you would like to be kept informed of any up and coming events please make sure that l have your current email address.

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Dates for 2018 Tuesday 20th March

Committee Meeting

Monday 9th April

DNA & fingerprints

Sunday 29th April

Driver Experience Day

Monday 14th May

Automatic Driving

Tuesday 22nd May

Committee Meeting

Monday 11th June

Driving manoeuvres in the car park

Monday 9th July

AGM

Tuesday 17th July

Committee Meeting

Monday August 13th

Group Night

Monday 10th September

Group Night

Tuesday 18th September

Committee Meeting

Sunday 30th September

Driver Experience Day

Monday 8th October

Group Night

Monday 12th November

Group Night

Monday 10th December

Christmas Quiz and complimentary buffet

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Accidents The Department of Transport has launched a consultation on whether allowing drivers to report accidents online will make the system quicker and easier. The move is intended to reduce the burden on motorists who have to report a crash in person within 24 hours, cut the need for people to take time off work and also free up police resources. People will still be able to report crashes at police stations. Many police forces already allow victims to report crimes online and this could be extended to crashes in a bid to modernise the service, Roads Minister Jesse Norman told the National Roads Policing Conference in January. More than 130,000 personal-injury accidents are reported to the police each year with most recorded by an officer at the scene. But around 20% of these are made at police stations. A further 55,000 damage-only crashes were also reported over the counter in 2015 Jesse Norman also announced an updated system for officers to record crashes, which is being developed by the Department for Transport and will be free for all police forces. The new Collision Reporting and Sharing System (CRASH) will see officers use an app on a handheld device to fill in details of accidents at the scene with accurate locations. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Electronic Newsletter & Emails

Whilst new members have been getting their copy electronically for some time it would be helpful if more people joined in with the electronic age and did the same. We are not going to force anybody to move to electronic but we would appreciate it if you consider letting the newsletter editor know if you are willing to receive yours by email. In any event for the purpose of telling people about Group nights and the occasional event such as the skid pan it is useful to have as many e-mail addresses as possible so if you are not currently on our mailing list it would point to us not having your email address. Please let the newsletter editor know and he will pass it on. Please let us know if you change your email address.

Our Current Observers Are you interested in being an Observer? Contact Pat Clements 01245 223427 Pat Clements

Graham Lowe

Mark Criddle

John Ockmore

Ed Haynes

Norman Smith

Terry Joyce

Richard Sneader Rob Wise

Michael Klaber Paul Marven Page 20

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Chelmsford & District Group of Advanced Motorists Minutes of the 21st Annual General Meeting 2017 held on 17 June At the Essex Police Sports & Social Club, Chelmsford, Essex The meeting commenced at 20:00. Apologies for absence - Clifford Murira,Ken Carrington, John Stone, John Ockmore and Terry Hyland. Adoption of the Minutes. Minutes of the previous AGM were accepted. – motion to accept the Minutes was proposed by Pat Clements & seconded by Graham Lowe and was passed unanimously. Matters Arising There were no matters arising from the Minutes. Reports from the Chairman, Secretary, Membership Secretary & Treasurer These were published in the June edition of Forward Vision and the motion to accept the reports was proposed by Colin Snow & seconded by Ken Howard and was passed unanimously. Financial Report for year ended 31 March 2017. The accounts were published in the June edition of Forward Vision Acceptance of Accounts The motion to accept the accounts was proposed by Norman Smith and seconded by Mark Criddle and was passed unanimously.. Election of Officers Steve Wright stood down as Chairman, in accordance with the rules, and sought reelection. Norman Smith, Colin Snow & John Johnston also stood down and offered themselves for re- election. Chairman – Steve Wright Proposed by Norman Smith & seconded by Terry Joyce and passed unanimously. Vice Chairman – Norman Smith Proposed by Steve Wright & seconded by Graham Lowe and passed unanimously. Secretary – Colin Snow. Proposed by Scott Bannister & seconded by Steve Wright and passed unanimously. Treasurer – John Johnston. Proposed by Norman Smith & seconded by Graham Lowe and passed unanimously. Election of Committee Members Mick Gilbert, Richard Sneader, Rak Rehal & Brent Peeling offered to join the committee. Proposed by Pat Clements & seconded by Graham Lowe and passed unanimously. As dictated by the rules, one third of the Committee retire each year by rotation. Two retired this year and Malcolm Kentish & John Ockmore offered themselves for re-election. The motion was proposed by Steve Wright & seconded by Graham Lowe and was passed unanimously. Any Other Business None The meeting closed at 20:07. Page 21

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The Chelmsford & District Group of Advanced Motorists 22nd Annual General Meeting – Monday 9 July 2018. The Group’s Annual General Meeting is scheduled to be held at the Essex Police Sports & Social Club on 9th July 2018. The business will commence at 8pm and is expected to last for about 30 minutes.

Agenda 1. Apologies for absence. 2. Minutes of the last meeting (AGM on 17 July 2017). 3. Matters arising from the Minutes. 4. Reports from the Chairman, Secretary, Membership Secretary and Treasurer. 5. Adoption of the Accounts. 6. Election of the Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and Committee members. Any Other Business. Election of Group Officers & Committee Members. The following Group Officers retire:Steve Wright – Chairman Norman Smith – Vice Chairman Colin Snow – Secretary John Johnston – Treasurer John Johnston offers himself for re-election. Nominations for the positions of Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer are invited. The following Committee Member retires by rotation and offer themselves for re-election:Terry Hyland Nominations are invited from Full Members to stand for the Committee. The Nominee must be willing to stand for the Committee and sign the Nomination form. By signing the Nomination form, the Nominee is affirming his / her ability and intention, if elected, to attend Committee meetings regularly. All officers and one third of all other Committee Members must retire annually by rotation and may offer themselves for re-election by Group Full Members. Please note: Those elected become Charity Trustees of the Group. You must not stand for Committee if the law debars you from being a Charity Trustee. Only fully paid-up members of IAM RoadSmart and of the Group may nominate Committee Members or be nominated as Committee Members. This nomination form must be returned to the Group Secretary (Colin Snow, 109 Bramwoods Road, Great Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 7LT) no later than 2 July 2018. Note: The number of Committee members including the officers must not exceed twenty. PLEASE consider standing for the committee, we only meet 6 times a year. Colin Snow Group Secretary

Committee nomination form Name

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Nominated by

Seconded by

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Driver Experience Days Dates are:Sunday 29th April & Sunday 30th September If you haven’t been to one, please make an effort to go on one as it will improve your driving ability and you will have a lot of fun.

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Mike Quinton appointed CEO

Chairman, Ken Keir and the Trustees are delighted to confirm the appointment of Mike Quinton, as CEO of IAM RoadSmart, from 23 April 2018. Mike has had a successful career in the insurance industry and has more latterly been the CEO of NHBC (National House Building Council). Mike will join the team two weeks before Sarah Sillars leaves on 4 May, so that there is a full and detailed handover. Mike lives locally to Welwyn Garden City and will be starting immediately after returning from his honeymoon. Of the appointment Ken said: "I genuinely believe that we have found someone who will take up the reins from Sarah and will continue evolving the good work which has been done over the last three years.” Mike has already confirmed some of the activities he wishes to undertake in the first 100 days of his appointment, not least of which is meeting local group representatives, identifying where the growth opportunities are and being out and about with our key stakeholders and influencers. So, I am sure you will all join me in wishing Mike a warm welcome when he joins the team. Junique Aujla ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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IAM RoadSmart Skills Days Members and Non members welcome, come and develop your advanced driving skills in a closed circuit environment, with Expert IAM RoadSmart tution throughout. Priority given to first timers—please tell us when booking if this will be your first ‘closed road’ activity. Car Days, £135 per driver with own car (half day) Thruxton is in Hampshire near Andover. Both morning and afternoon slots are available. May 1st - Thruxton drivers skills day (PM session sold out) September 10th - Thruxton drivers skills day

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Newsletter of Chelmsford Advanced Motorists

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Newsletter of Chelmsford Advanced Motorists

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