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newsletter of Bristol Advanced Motorists IAM Group no: 1009 Registered Charity No 289807 Run entirely by volunteers Affiliated to the IAM Sec. 22 Highfields Close, Stoke Gifford, BRISTOL BS34 8YB Tel: 0117 979 8061 e-mail: secretary@iam-bristol.org.uk IAM Bristol Group: www.iam-bristol.org.uk

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The IAM and Bristol Group explained This LINK is the newsletter of Bristol Advanced Motorists, which is a local Group affiliated to the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM). The national IAM is the UK’s leading Road Safety charity, dedicated to increasing skills for all road users, improving standards and safety in driving and riding, and helping to save lives on our roads. It is financed by IAM Members and Associates, who pay an annual membership fee. The IAM also has a commercial arm which charges for training provided, including IAM Drive & Survive for company drivers who drive for work, and IAM Driver Retraining Academy Ltd for offence retraining courses. The 200+ local IAM Groups are independent volunteer organisations, but they are officially Affiliated to the national IAM and work extremely closely with it. Local Groups have two main functions: firstly, they offer a local focus for IAM Members to continue their interest in Advanced Driving, and secondly, the main activity of Groups today is to provide Advanced Driving Guidance to Associates, preparing them for the IAM Advanced Driving Test. Details of how we do this in the Bristol area can be found on page 40. This newsletter is printed, collated and despatched by Group volunteers. It is also displayed for free access on our website:

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Views expressed in this newsletter are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent those of the Editor, the Committee of Bristol Advanced Motorists, or IAM Chiswick. The Group reserves the right to edit or otherwise amend original materiel submitted for publication. Materiel submitted may also be published on the Group website and in other IAM Group newsletters. If you wish to reproduce any materiel, please credit the LINK, Bristol Advanced Motorists, as the source. 21 De Verose Court,

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Bristol Group and the IAM explained Editorial items Gift Aid tax conditions update from HMRC Young Driver Refund Scheme - South Glos and Bristol City Recent IAM Advanced Driving Test Success IAM Test pass contributes to Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award IAM Test success for Bristol Post journalist IAM Test success at the end of a long road FAD and Observer Courses 2013 / Want a DriveCheck? Fundraising the Easy way Bristol Group News News from IAM Chiswick Advert: Rosie Leigh Tea Cups Advert: Steve G Photography / Place an Ad / More Associates Advanced Driving Refresher Course Group Monthly Meetings – New Hand on the Wheel January Meeting / Visit to Marshfield Farm Ice Cream CALENDAR – WHAT’S ON ? / BAWA Location Map Three-in-a-Car - Your Invitation for 2013 Monthly Meeting November – Bristol’s Better at 20 Reporter Needed for Monthly Meeting presentations Driving News Keep up-to-date with the Highway Code I’ve Bought New Tyres Letters to the Editor - 5 topics this time New Facebook page / Twitter / Advanced Motorcycling Group Contacts – Who Does What in the Bristol Group What’s this course about? / Associate Course Dates

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All content compiled by the Editor unless otherwise credited.  Contributors this issue are:  Pauline Barnes, Geoff Bevan, Barry Cash,   Kate Edser, Barnaby Ellis, Martin Evans, Tony Gilbert, Steve Goodfellow,   MW Griffiths, David Howard, Pam Hunt, Paul Hunt, Alex Merchant,  Clare Reeves, Beryl Smith, Mr “X” (name withheld),   HM Revenue and Customs, Toyota Bristol South, IAM Chiswick and ‘The Archives’.   

We welcome items from our readers

Motoring topics, motoring experiences, a comment on Group matters – or indeed anything of interest. Send an e-mail, a letter – or even phone. editor@iam-bristol.org.uk 21 De Verose Court,

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Now that The Holiday is over,

A HAPPY NEW YEAR

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Editorial PLEASE RENEW YOUR BRISTOL GROUP MEMBERSHIP Renewals for all Full and Upgraded Members were due by January 1st. To those who have already sent your cheques – or whose Standing Orders and SETs will have come into our bank account in the last few days – it is good to receive your continuing support of the Group. Thank-you. This January, to reduce administration effort, we are not withholding the LINK from non-renewers, but we are sending it to all our 2012 Members and Upgraders. Those of you who have not yet paid by cheque will find enclosed a personal Reminder letter. Please consider renewing, to support the Group in its work of improving driving standards. If you are intentionally not renewing, please inform the Secretary by letter, phone or e-mail, so that we know what is happening. Later in January, when the cheques and bank payments have been reconciled, all non-renewing cheque payers and Standing Order payers who have not informed us of their resignation will be followed-up. GIFT AID CHANGES Gift Aid is undergoing changes in 2013 – and the first thing is that we are strongly advised to bring to the attention of existing Gift Aid donors changes in the Declaration wording. See the separate piece on page 4. ARE YOU A NEW ASSOCIATE OR FULL MEMBER – OR MAYBE EVEN A NON-MEMBER READING ABOUT US? There is more to the Group than the Skill for Life course. We hold ‘social’ Monthly Meetings on the 4th Tuesday (except December) at the BAWA Club, Filton. You are welcome to attend, to introduce you to the Group and to encourage you to remain with us. Entrance is free. Hear the latest Group news, see Certificates awarded to people who have recently had success in the Test, FAD or Refresher, etc., Mix and Mingle, and maybe ask questions on driving and road safety. Whether you are a newcomer or an existing Member, meet and make friends in our Group. the LINK – newsletter of Bristol Advanced Motorists

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Gift Aid Update HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) Charities has, during 2012, published updated ‘guidance’ on the wording to be used on new Gift Aid Declaration forms. All Charities and CASCs need to ensure that the new wording is used on all of their new Gift Aid Declaration forms first signed from 01 January 2013.

NOTICE TO EXISTING DONORS WHO HAVE FILED AN ‘OLD’ DECLARATION There is no requirement for Charities to ask existing donors (who signed before 01 Jan 2013) to supply a replacement new Declaration with the new wording to support existing signed ‘Enduring’ Gift Aid Declarations based on the old wording. However, HMRC politely ‘suggests’ that Charities “might like to remind existing donors who have made Enduring Gift Aid Declarations of the rules on tax” to cover themselves, perhaps through a regular mailshot. So, here is the new wording: I confirm I have paid or will pay an amount of Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax for each tax year (6 April to 5 April) that is at least equal to the amount of tax that all the Charities or Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) that I donate to will reclaim on my gifts for that tax year. I understand that other taxes such as VAT and Council Tax do not qualify. I understand the charity will reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 that I gave or give on or after 6 April 2008. There is also a further updated notice to donors: Please notify the Charity or CASC if you: ● Want to cancel this Declaration ● Change your name or home address ● No longer pay sufficient Tax on your Income and/or Capital Gains If you pay Income Tax at the higher or additional rate and want to receive the additional tax relief due to you, you must include all your Gift Aid donations on your Self Assessment tax return or ask HM Revenue and Customs to adjust your tax code. These alterations are to help ensure that Charities give a full and correct explanation of the law to their donors before the donor makes the Declaration. It has always been the case that the donor must pay enough tax to cover all of their charitable donations and not just the donations made to that particular charity at that particular time. The new mandatory information on the Gift Aid Declaration form ensures that the donor is making an informed Declaration, and understands the consequences if they have not paid enough tax to cover all the donations they make under Gift Aid, not just those to just one Charity or CASC. Incorporating the information on the Gift Aid Declaration form is the simplest way for Charities to show they have explained the tax consequences to the donor and to ensure that the donor’s Gift Aid Declaration is valid. Charities can then be certain that HMRC will not challenge the later associated Gift Aid Claim on the grounds that the donor did not give a valid Declaration. Please contact Bristol Group Treasurer Paul Hunt if you have any questions. Page 4

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Money-back offer for South Gloucestershire 17 – 24 year olds who pass the IAM Test Turning Young Drivers into Advanced Drivers BRISTOL ADVANCED MOTORISTS is pleased to be working with SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE COUNCIL to promote better driving and reduce casualties in the vulnerable 17 to 24 years age group. South Gloucestershire Council's Road Safety Team is providing funding to enable the IAM Skill for Life course fee to be refunded to Young Drivers who pass the IAM Advanced Driving Test.

The refund offer is open to Drivers aged 17-24 who are RESIDENTS in the SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE Local Authority Area, or who WORK PERMANENTLY in that area, or alternatively who are undertaking FULL-TIME EDUCATION in that area. The Refund will be given to those qualifying Young Drivers who pass the IAM Advanced Driving Test within 12 months of starting guidance, and who are aged under 25 on the day they pass the IAM Test.

BRISTOL GROUP

Do YOU know a Young Driver who could benefit? Bring this to his / her attention, or talk to the parents. Further details available from Bristol Group’s Pam Hunt, on 0117 960 8494 or at associates@iam-bristol.org.uk

Limited new funding for Young Drivers who live in the Bristol City area The Group has just been able to release some money from a dormant fund, to enable us to offer the incentive of a Skill for Life refund to a further four 17-24 Young Drivers who live in the Bristol City Council area. To register for a place, contact Associates Administrator Pam, as above. the LINK – newsletter of Bristol Advanced Motorists

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Recent IAM Test Successes

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by Pam Hunt

We are very pleased to congratulate the following people, who have all recently passed the IAM Advanced Driving Test after taking part in the Bristol Group’s Skill for Life Associate Scheme.

ASSOCIATE

OBSERVER

ROBERT ARMSTRONG ANDREW FAULKS ALEX GOSTELOW RICHARD HOWELL KATHRYN JACKSON JOSETTE McKENNA NICK SMALE RACHEL TRANTER

KAREN GOUGH MIKE HALL BOB HAWKSLEY PAUL HUNT (and Cambridge Group) JOHN LEE ANDY COLE MALCOLM COLES PAM HUNT

above: Josette McKenna looks pleased to receive her IAM Test Certificate from Bristol Group Chairman Andy Cole at the Group’s November Monthly Meeting. photo:

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IAM F1RST Test Success contributes to Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award

above: Rachel Tranter receiving her IAM F1RST Certificate and refund cheque from Bristol Group Chairman Andy Cole at the Group’s November Monthly Meeting, photo:

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CONGRATULATIONS to Rachel Tranter, who recently achieved a F1RST distinction in her IAM Test. It was even more testing because of the bad weather – rain and fog - that Rachel had to deal with during her Test with Bristol area IAM Examiner Barry Jones. Very Well Done, Rachel. Rachel is working towards her Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award and embarked on the IAM Skill for Life course with Observer Pam Hunt as her project in the Skills Section of the Award, and so receives a refund of her Skill for Life fee from the Group’s DofE Award Fund. Associate Alexander Eddleston was the last to receive a refund under the scheme, exactly a year ago. Funding is available to offer a refund to three more Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award candidates.

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IAM Test Success for Bristol Post journalist

above: Bristol Post Motoring Writer Kate Edser receiving her IAM Certificate from Bristol Group Chairman Andy Cole at the Group’s November Monthly Meeting.

During her time with us, Kate has written no less than nine pieces in the Bristol Post newspaper about her Skill for Life experiences, and the Group’s Young Driver initiatives. Reproduced here is Kate’s 9th piece, describing her IAM Test:

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“It was probably the most informal and relaxed test I have ever taken” After nine guidance sessions Bristol Post motoring writer Kate Edser takes the Advanced Driving Test. IT was probably the most informal and relaxed test I have ever taken. Though fairly confident, my fluttering belly indicated I was not without nerves, but the laid-back, yet professional presence of IAM Examiner Alan Hale had just the right steadying effect. Page 8

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Once a Police driver, with more than 30 years’ service, Alan is now Senior Road Safety Officer at South Gloucestershire Council and also an IAM Examiner for the area covered by Bristol Advanced Motorists. At the end of our 90-minute drive, which began and ended in Keynsham, he didn’t keep me in suspense, and I was delighted to have passed my Advanced Driving Test. It wasn’t perfect, and Alan highlighted areas where I could do better, but he also made a point of mentioning what I did well. The test was the culmination of three months of both theory and practical sessions – and of swotting- up on the Highway Code. Credit must go to the enthusiastic volunteers at the Bristol Group of the IAM, whose members run group lectures for those hoping to become an advanced driver, and also act as ‘Observers’ giving advice from the passenger seat. I was fortunate that one of the Senior Observers, Alan Dunn, lived just five minutes from my home, and we met for drives nine times before my test. Certainly, I am far from a perfect driver but the Skill for Life course has improved my concentration, observation and planning. Essentially, it means I’m safer on the road. Although the basic driving test is more comprehensive than when I first passed 25 years ago, I can’t help but think that if new drivers were trained to an even higher standard, the extra cost would be offset by the savings in insurance premiums and a reduction in the number and severity of accidents. Bearing this in mind, Bristol Advanced Motorists is particularly keen to share their knowledge with young drivers – and it doesn’t necessarily have to cost anything at all, thanks to funding provided by South Gloucestershire Council. If you’re aged 17-24 and live, work or go to college in South Gloucestershire, the cost of the Skill for Life course (£139) will be refunded when you pass. The next course (open to all ages) starts on Wednesday, January 23rd and if you think that would make an excellent gift for your 17-year-old, or any family member, see www. iam-bristol.org.uk for details.

Kate says, “Certainly, I am far from a perfect driver, but the IAM Skill for Life course has improved my concentration, observation and planning. Essentially, it means I’m safer on the road.” article and photo: Bristol Post reproduced permission of Kate Edser

Note 1: The full set of nine pieces written by Kate can be accessed on the Bristol Group’s website, www.iam-bristol.org.uk Note 2: The Group also has funding to make the offer of a Skill for Life refund (upon passing the IAM Test) to four Young Drivers living in the Bristol City Council area. the LINK – newsletter of Bristol Advanced Motorists

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IAM F1RST at the end of a long road In early 2007 the Bristol Group looked to gain publicity by offering a few DriveChecks and Skill for Life programmes as Auction Items at fundraising events, such as the Asia Tsunami and African School appeals. At one of these events the parents of Richard Howell successfully bid for a Skill for Life programme. Richard was enrolled, and got off to a good start during six drives with Observer Paul Hunt. However, before he could take his Test, Richard went to University, and that was the last we heard of him - until December 2012, when Associates Administrator Pam received in the post out-of-the-blue a F1RST Certificate for Richard ! It turned out that Richard had gone to University in Cardiff, then had moved on to work positions as a civil engineer in London and Suffolk, latterly finding himself on a groundworks contract at RAF Mildenhall. Richard had kept-up his IAM national membership, and thought that, now he had some spare time, it would be worthwhile resuming guidance and actually taking the IAM Test. He enquired locally and enrolled with Cambridge Group, where he had some more observed runs with their Observer Mike Wilding, who had achieved some good passes recently. Richard applied for a Test, and the IAM, using his Bristol address, allocated Richard to Examiner Ian Harris in Bristol. Richard did very well on Test, achieving a F1RST on his BMW 1 series (a move up from the VW Polo 1.4 he had in 2007), and will remain a Member of Cambridge Group.

right: Richard Howell pictured collecting his Certificate from Bristol Group Associates Administrator Pam Hunt just before Christmas. photo: Paul Hunt

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FAD and Observer Courses 2013

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by Geoff Bevan

The 2013 Further Advanced Driving (FAD) Course will begin on Wednesday 6 February, with further sessions on Wednesdays 13, 20, 27 February, at BAWA, Southmead Road, Filton, starting at 7:30pm on each evening. FAD combines both theory and practical driving skills, to achieve a standard well above the IAM Advanced Driving Test. FAD is open to any Member of the Bristol Group, subject to satisfactory completion of a driving assessment prior to commencement, and the cost is £39. The FAD Course involves theory, based on Roadcraft (the Police Driver’s handbook), Mind Driving (by Stephen Haley) and the Highway Code, as well as practical driving sessions with our experienced Senior Observers. There is a written test, and a practical driving test in which a high level commentary is required. The course should take no longer than three months in total but, in any event, as this is a fixed length course it will finish on 26 June 2103 with no extensions. The FAD is also the first step needed to be able to progress to qualifying as an Observer – although at the moment we are unlikely to run a Trainee Observer Course in 2013. A number of people initially put their names forward, but some have not enrolled, leaving a few spaces for late applicants. If you would like to be considered for the 2013 FAD Course, please contact Margaret James, training@iam-bristol.org.uk Training Administrator, at or visit http://www.iambristol.org.uk/index.php?option+com_content&task=view&id=623&Itemid=111

from where you can download an application form directly.

Know a member of the public who wants a DriveCheck? – APPLY DIRECT TO OUR GROUP The IAM offers DriveCheck55, and DriveCheck Plus for younger clients. Both cost £35, are run completely by IAM Chiswick and are conducted by IAM Examiners. The Ordinary DriveCheck (conducted by a Group Observer) is again being advertised by Chiswick. If you know anyone interested, refer them directly to the Group, who will conduct it for a fee of £25. If a client first contacts Chiswick, he is referred to the Group, but Chiswick retains £20 and the Group only receives £5 for its effort. the LINK – newsletter of Bristol Advanced Motorists

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A Huge Potential to Fundraise ‘for Free’

Figures published this Christmas revealed that the UK resident is the most prolific Internet shopper – in the world - ©Jeremy Clarkson – with an average expenditure of £1,083 per shopper – easily beating Australians into second place with their £800 per shopper. Do we have any of them in the Group? It is easy to raise funds for the Group for FREE just by shopping through EASYFUNDRAISING. Supporters registered with EasyFundraising and EasySearch have raised over £400 since we started – ‘free’, for very little effort - and that’s with only 23 people registered – think of the income if all members joined ! Sign up free to http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/iambristol and use the links on the Easyfundraising site to take you to the retailer and shop normally. A percentage of your spend comes directly to us at no extra cost to yourself. Always offers available. And voucher codes.

Raise Money for the Group as you Search the net ! Even if you don’t do Internet shopping, you can still raise funds for the Group EVERY TIME you use search engine http://iambristol.easysearch.org.uk You raise half a penny for the Group with every search. That may not sound much, but one person would raise around £25 a year making 15 searches a day. So far, our 23 registered members have raised over £100 by using EasySearch.

Like to help in this way but are unsure what to do? Just contact the Group’s Geoff Bevan and he will advise you. Call 01453 860365 or e-mail webadmin@iam-bristol.org.uk

Breaking news! One extra member has joined! Now we have 24 registered!

Please join them and make it 25 !

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Group News

TWO EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS STEP-DOWN Doug Smith has resigned from Committee and Group with immediate effect. James Lewis-Barned has gone up to university in London and has lapsed both his IAM and Group Membership. YOUNG DRIVER REFUND SCHEME - FOUR NEW ‘BRISTOL’ PLACES The initial funding covered both South Gloucestershire and Bristol City Council areas, but current funding covers South Gloucestershire only. However, we are now able to offer the Skill for Life refund incentive to 4 more Young Drivers aged 17-24 who live in the Bristol City Council area, by re-allocating some money from a dormant fund. To register for a place, contact Associates Administrator Pam. NEW GROUP MONTHLY MEETINGS CONTACT Clare Reeves, familiar as the Committee’s Minutes Secretary, Raffle Prize buyer, and seller of Books at Course Seminars, has added Meetings Contact to her portfolio. Clare has quickly done a fantastic job in booking speakers for 2013. A list can be seen on page 19. ANOTHER ‘NEW’ OBSERVER Former Observer Steve Hurley has completed the re-qualification process and we welcome him back to the Group’s Observer ranks. MELKSHAM GROUP “ON THE BRINK” Martin Evans reports Melksham Group recently held an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM), as they were ‘in crisis’, an AGM looming and the prospect of not enough Members willing to form a Committee. Our Secretary Martin Evans went along prepared to offer support and advice – as indeed did many other representatives from surrounding Groups and IAM Chiswick. In fact the ‘strangers’ outnumbered the Melksham members – an indication in itself. . Martin reported-back to our Committee that Melksham is a small Group with just 44 Full Members and 12 Associates, but their situation could become more commonplace in the coming years, with maybe a need for smaller Groups to merge into larger units with their neighbours. Two Melksham Members offered their services on Committee - so the immediate crisis seems averted - but to be honest, it seems to be only delaying the inevitable. Dave Shenton of IAM Chiswick ‘reassured’ the room that many Groups are suffering in the current economic climate and the LINK – newsletter of Bristol Advanced Motorists

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other mergers have happened or are imminent – he mentioned for example that Wigan and St Helens Groups were considering a merger. Many Groups, although remaining reasonably stable, are suffering big drops in the numbers of Associates enrolled. A few Groups, however, have actually maintained or even increased Associate intake in 2012. I think we in Bristol are actually doing quite well in the scheme of things – obviously we have a nice big city and its suburbs in our catchment area, and as such we are insulated from the worst, but please don’t be downhearted by our recent decline in Associates or the falling attendance at our Monthly Meetings …. things could be much worse! All clubs are in trouble generally, losing members and finance, and now a news release from the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) suggests 40% of Charities could close in the next two years due to falling income, whilst 50% have had to dip into their reserves to stay afloat in 2012 and 26% have cut operations. It’s really important that we keep ‘up beat’ in all aspects of the Group, and stay positive in difficult times. Although publicity and recruitment of Associates is difficult, we should maintain our focus on that area, as ultimately it’s our ‘core business’ and also supplies future Observers and committee members for the long-term survival of the Group. [Editor says: See this:

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REGIONAL OBSERVER TRAINING DAY The Group is considering hosting an Observer Training Day, the date provisionally proposed being Saturday 11th May. Interested Observers, please contact Chief Observer Geoff Bevan. Following financial losses on the last couple of such events, the cost per delegate will be a little higher, because the income from these fees must cover the cost of the venue and refreshments. (IAM Chiswick picks-up the other costs). HALF-PRICE SFL FOR JOHN LEWIS PARTNERS (working and retired) Skill for Life now qualifies for the JLP Leisure and Learning subsidy. PAYMENT THROUGH OUR WEBSITE We are constantly looking at ways to possibly accept subscriptions and payments electronically, to be ‘modern’ and to appeal to the young. The latest scheme to come along is Charity Checkout, which accepts “donations” via a Credit/Debit Card through a website. It would cost us about £115 per year plus 2.43% commission on throughput. Currently our Members renew annually by cheque, cash or Bank Standing Order. Only one paid in 2012 by SET (single electronic transfer), with two more for 2013, which suggests the demand is low. Would you use this new method, or another that you know about? Please let our Treasurer know. Page 14

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IAM Chiswick News

IAM members are invited to read PRODUCED MONTHLY BY IAM CHISWICK the monthly INSIGHT newsletters FOR IAM GROUPS AND THEIR MEMBERS (on IAM and Bristol Group websites) for the latest IAM news regarding Groups, although a recent style-change seems to have made them less informative than before. Have you visited the re-jigged IAM Chiswick website www.iam.org.uk ? What do you think of the revised presentation? Members can also subscribe to Car, Motorcycle and Bicyclist e-newsletters, which prompt you to look at various items on the website. Members can also look at new the new microsite www.drivingadvice.org.uk which contains basic driving tips aimed at the general public. GET A SKILL FOR LIFE - BY SIX DIRECT DEBIT PAYMENTS IAM Chiswick has introduced an option whereby Skill for Life can be bought by six consecutive monthly Direct Debit payments of £25 each. The IAM considers that some prospects considering taking an Advanced Driving course may take this opportunity, totalling £150 (the £11 premium “to cover banking costs”), rather than making one upfront payment of £139. Originally there was a delayed payment penalty for the Group, but IAM Chiswick now assures us that the Group will receive its full £31 fee as soon as the Direct Debit purchaser enrols on a course with the Group. The administration method suggested by IAM Chiswick breaches Data Protection principles. However, we can adjust and comply by giving a special form to any prospect who wishes to use the facility, for them to complete and confidentially return to Chiswick. Please forward any such leads to our Group’s Associates Administrator Pam, for her to deal with. IAM TRIES EXPANSION INTO DRIVER RE-TRAINING In October the IAM bought Professional Driver Services, based in the Vale of Glamorgan. PDS delivers Driver Retraining on behalf of the Police and Local Authorities (Speeding Workshops, etc.). A new company, named IAM Driver Retraining Academy Ltd, also based at PDS's offices, has been created to also focus on that market. IAM Chief Executive Simon Best said, "Offering retraining to the drivers and riders who clearly need it most is a perfect fit with our Charitable Objectives. We have combined the expertise of an existing provider in driver retraining (PDS) with the IAM's experience in delivering postlicence driver training in both the retail and corporate sectors." the LINK – newsletter of Bristol Advanced Motorists

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Full page £25, Half page £15 per issue. (Discount for Members and annual ads.) Lineage small ads: £1 per insertion, maximum 4 lines. The LINK is published six times a year and has a circulation of c. 450. Contact the Editor editor@iam-bristol.org.uk 0117 960 8494

THE GROUP NEEDS MORE ASSOCIATES As an existing Member or Associate, YOU can be a good Sales Persuader. Do you know someone in your family, circle of friends, or amongst your work colleagues, who could benefit from joining the IAM and our Group? Every new Associate will help towards securing the short, medium and long-term future of both your local Group and the IAM itself. Information about Skill for Life from Associates Administrator Pam.

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BRISTOL ADVANCED MOTORISTS

ADVANCED DRIVING REFRESHER COURSE Members . . . . Can you name the 5 Phases of the System? Can you drive using Limit Point Analysis? Would you pass an IAM Advanced Driving Test if you sat it today? If you said ‘no’ to any of these, or are unsure, then . . . . Bristol Group offers an opportunity to existing Group Members who feel they would like to refresh their Advanced Driving skills. The classroom seminars are shared with the Associate course, and there are six practical driving guidance sessions with an Observer. There isn't a test, but a Certificate of Completion will be awarded. Cost: £39 Previous course participant Pauline says, “I would recommend the Refresher, particularly to longer-term Members who took the IAM Test some years ago. It has boosted my confidence and, I believe, has made me a better driver.”

The next course starts on Jan 23rd 2013 and there will be three more opportunities throughout the year. For further information please contact Pam Hunt 0117 960 8494 associates@iam-bristol.org.uk

above: Latest Refresher Course participant Mark Foxsmith (left) looks extremely pleased to receive his completion Certificate from Group Chairman Andy Cole.

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Group Monthly Meetings – New Hand on the Wheel Clare Reeves, pictured right, familiar as Committee Minutes Secretary, Raffle Prize buyer, and Seller of Books at Course Seminars, has added the task of Meetings Contact to her (photo: Paul Hunt ) portfolio. Since previous Organiser Don Brown stepped-down in November. Clare has offered to do all the communicating and arranging, but Clare still needs members to provide her with leads for possible speakers. Clare has quickly done a fantastic job in booking speakers for 2013, from the few names remaining in Don’s file and from some new leads. FEBRUARY

AUTOGLYM Philip Marsh, local area distributor of Autoglym car-care products, will give a history of the company, which is now 50 years old and totally British. Some Autoglym products will be on sale at reduced prices. MARCH AUTOMATIC NUMBER PLATE RECOGNITION Chris Williss, Business Manager Road Flow at SEA Ltd (Systems Engineering and Assessments Ltd) will talk on the technology of ANPR. Accompanied by Les Finnemore. APRIL (AGM) PAT DOUGHTY, IAM Operations Director, on the IAM and the International Decade of Action for Road Safety. MAY RNLI (LIFEBOATS) Jonathan Yabsley of the RNLI’s education arm will give a talk on the RNLI past and present, and the dangers of inshore waters, such as the North Somerset tides and mud. Have your donations ready! JUNE MUSEUM OF BATH AT WORK Stuart Burroughs, Director, will give a talk on the Kennet and Avon Canal. JULY SORT-IT TEAM OF SITA UK ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ - incorporating some issues that the collection drivers come across day to day. AUGUST BATS Laura Plenty, Group Member, giving a talk. SEPTEMBER CHILD CAR SEATS John and Fran Vickery on use/fitting. OCTOBER MOVING CONTRAVENTIONS ANPR men Chris Williss and Les Finnemore on using ANPR to ‘monitor’ traffic. NOVEMBER HIGHWAYS AGENCY Dave Hillier - who we are, what we do. the LINK – newsletter of Bristol Advanced Motorists

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Motorist’s Question Time – in January Our January 2013 Monthly Meeting will be something a little different . . Bristol Advanced Motorists is after all a driving organisation, so the January Meeting will be directly Driving-related and take the form of an Advanced Motorists’ Question Time, with a panel of alleged ‘Driving Experts’ out front to field your questions. Inspired by the BBC’s ‘Gardeners Question Time’, we will be assembling a panel of ‘motoring experts’ to answer questions and provide an interesting, informative and entertaining evening. The panel will include our inimitable local IAM Staff Examiner Andy Poulton, an RAC mechanic/patrolman, the Group’s Chief Observer Geoff Bevan, Team leader Tony Gilbert and Group Observer and Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) Nick Perry. You can ask all sorts of motoring questions: Were you driving recently and had an ‘issue’? Do you need advice negotiating an awkward junction? Are you unsure of the benefits of winter tyres? Do you know about the new IAM ‘Masters’ Test? Do you want some advice from the RAC? You are invited to submit questions in advance. Please contact Group Secretary Martin Evans on 0117 979 8061 or at secretary@iam-bristol.org.uk This should prove a unique evening of motoring discussion.

Group Visit - MARSHFIELD FARM ICE CREAM – INTERESTED? A visit to the Marshfield Farm Ice Cream factory at Pennsylvania has been booked for the morning of Wednesday March 20th 2013. The party is limited to the first 30 people to book. If that includes YOU, please contact Beryl Smith by e-mail - beryl.smith@talktalk.net - or telephone our Secretary, Martin Evans – 0117 979 8061 . Places may also be booked at our Monthly Meetings.

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JANUARY 2013 Tue 01 Group Full Member Subscriptions due today ! Have you paid yours yet ? ? ? Tue 22 Monthly Meeting BAWA Pavilion 7:30pm for 7:45 start Advanced Motorists’ Question Time (see opposite) Wed 23 Skill for Life Course 2013/1 Seminar 1 (see page 40) including Advanced Driver Refresher course (see page 18) Sat 26 Region One Liaison Meeting hosted by Salisbury Group Wed 30 Skill for Life Course 2013/1 Seminar 2 (see page 40) FEBRUARY 2013 Wed 06 FAD course first session, at BAWA Tue 12 Executive Committee Meeting Sat 23 Copy Date for submissions for the LINK (March issue) Tue 26 Monthly Meeting BAWA Pavilion 7:30pm for 7:45 start Philip Marsh of Autoglym car-care products Autoglym products will be on sale at reduced prices MARCH 2013 Mon 11 the LINK Collation – venue at BAWA Tue 12 Executive Committee Meeting Wed 13 Skill for Life Course 2013/1 Meet an Examiner Tue 26 Monthly Meeting BAWA Pavilion 7:30pm for 7:45 start Automatic Number Plate Recognition with Chris Williss of SEA Ltd and Les Finnemore. Sat 30 Three-in-a-Car Old Sodbury, Cross Hands pub 10:00am Contact Alan Dunn 01454 228093 or 07941 896 248

Location of BAWA and Travel Directions Bristol Group holds its Meetings at the BAWA Club, in Filton, on the northern edge of the city. The BAWA Club, the social facility of the British Aerospace Group, has modern, comfortable, rooms and ample secure car parking space.

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Your Invitation to THREE-IN-A-CAR 2013 series Date

1. Saturday 30 March 2. Saturday 18 May 3. Thursday 04 July 4. Sunday 11 August 5. Saturday 14 Sept 6. Sunday 27 October

Time

10.00am 10.00am 19.00 evening 10.00am 10.00am 10.00am

Location

Old Sodbury, Cross Hands Gordano M5 Services Thornbury Leisure Centre Yate Overflow Gordano M5 Services Keynsham, Ashton Way

Team

Cabot Brunel Colston Cabot Brunel Colston

At a Three-in-a-Car (TiC) you’ll be welcome but you’ll also be in for a real treat because not only are they FREE, they’re an ideal way of 'keeping in touch' with Advanced Driving. The sessions are designed for both Full Members and Associates and their purpose is to assist you in maintaining your high driving standards. At the venue, a Team Leader will assign you into a group of three (or two or even four). One of you elects to be first to drive (very brave!) and you all drive off in that car for 30 minutes or so on a course of your choice or, if you are not sure of the area, a course directed to you en-route. There is usually a good deal of helpful banter so most points will be covered as you go round, but at the end of each drive there will be an opportunity for you all to enjoy a short and sometimes entertaining de-brief! Someone else then elects to go next in their own car - and so on. The event is over in around 2 hours, it’s FREE and it's good fun. No records are made - but there's usually plenty of good advice available!! March 30th is the first in the series for 2013 and Alan Dunn, who has organised this one, is keen to see as many of you there as possible to support him and the Group. This is your opportunity to catch up on a few tips from some of the Region’s top Observers. The location is a new one for Three-in-a-Car, easy to access and amid some good country roads. Give Alan a head start: - call him to let him know you’ll be there. Don’t delay - call him today! Contacts: Venues 1 and 4: Venues 2 and 5: Venues 3 and 6: Page 22

Alan Dunn Dave Callister Tony Gilbert

01454 228093 01275 791441 0117 950 1020

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Bristol’s Better at 20

November Meeting

It was the best-attended meeting for some time, with 55 members in the audience to hear Bristol City Council Road Safety Officer Mike Baugh and NHS Bristol Public Health representative Claire Lowman (pictured above), talk about the City Council’s 20mph scheme, which will see most existing 30mph roads in the Council boundary reduced to a 20mph limit. Mike started by saying that he and Claire would both give short, basic presentations, on Transport and Medical issues respectively, which would [ photos: Geoff Bevan ] allow plenty of time for discussion and questions. TRANSPORT In 2009 the Department for Transport (DfT) assessed that the trial in Portsmouth was successful enough to allow wider use of 20 mph speed limits over ‘Groups of streets’ with terminal and repeater signage only, rather than needing special ‘20 Zones’ with their associated ‘Traffic Calming Measures’. Areas suitable would be ‘Residential streets where speeds are already low and cycle and pedestrian traffic is high, such as around schools, shops, and parks’. Limited studies show that installing 20mph ‘Zones’ and ‘Areas’ has reduced speeds and injuries ‘slightly’. Bristol City Council ran two pilot schemes (in Southville and Redfield) then, in July 2012, voted to introduce a 20 mph speed limit throughout the whole of Bristol, the first city in the UK to introduce a 20 mph limit the LINK – newsletter of Bristol Advanced Motorists

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throughout, on all but a few major routes. 26 other Councils plan to follow suit. The scheme will cost £2.3 million. This will come from a share of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) allocated by the Government in 2012 and the Local Transport Plan Settlement. The 20mph speed limit will be rolled-out in six phases starting with central Bristol in summer 2013 then continuing outwards, covering the whole city to its boundaries by 2014/5. All current 30mph roads will be considered for the new 20 mph speed limit. There will be consultation (and an individual decision) on any 30mph road which may be suggested to retain its current 30mph limit. Why the 20mph limit? There are two perspectives: Transport Safety and Health. Regarding Transport, a new initiative, a new overall philosophy in the approach to road safety, is the Safe System Approach to Road Safety. This considers the person as the centre. It is the new European and world approach suggested by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). Two countries are better for casualty statistics than the UK - Norway and Sweden –their road safety policy is underpinned by a Safe System Approach. Holland is also using modern techniques. Road Safety should be put on the same safety footing as all other transport modes. Roads are the riskiest way of travel, but there is no reason why road travel should be less safe. Road casualties occur one at a time, over a long period, so the public perception impact of total numbers over a period is not great. We must design road systems so that we never subject people to an energy impact that causes serious injury. There are 2 elements in this – 1. Reduce the likelihood of errors in the road environment – through design of roads, vehicles, training and education of road users; 2. Reduce the impact of any errors that occur. The approach to speed limits depends on the nature of the road, who uses it, and what conflict exists on the road. The Safe System Approach lays down speed limits: ● ● ● ●

Where people are unprotected (streets) – 30kmh (19mph) Where there are less people, but where vehicles may conflict side-on (roads with junctions) - 50kmh (31mph) Where there are less people, but where vehicles may conflict head-on (single carriageway) - 70kmh (43mph) Segregated lanes for different travel directions, with separation (barriers, etc) - 100kmh (62mph)

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There is also the factor that pedestrian–vehicle behaviour interaction is best below 20mph. Children below 10 years of age find judgement of speed and distance very difficult above 20mph, and furthermore because of their poor peripheral vision may even be unaware of vehicles approaching. [ Editor’s Note: Learn more about the Safe System Approach on the Roadsafe website http://www.roadsafe.com/news/article.aspx?article=814 (No implied approval of Roadsafe – the page just supplies good information.) Use the link on that webpage to access description of the Safe System Approach given at the International Transport Forum Paris Seminar, or go direct to: http://internationaltransportforum.org/jtrc/safety/Paris2008/paris2008.html You may also like to search for Vision Zero, the further Swedish development, for example at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vision_Zero ]

MEDICAL Originally, NHS Public Health representative Angela Raffle was down to speak to us, to describe the effect of collisions on a child’s body. She was interviewed by BBC Radio Bristol’s Steve LeFevre on October 20th. She “stated the obvious” in that “injuries are greater in higher speed collisions” and failed to convince the interviewer with her other points. It would have been ‘interesting’ at our meeting! Taking her place was Claire Lowman, also from NHS Public Health, who focused on the different area of General Health through Activity. Public Health focuses on the prevention of ill-heath, and wider social issues that impact on wellbeing, including culture, the environment and deprivation. A 20mph limit will result in slower speeds, which will make the streets safer for everyone, reducing the number and severity of collisions. A key concern of NHS Public Health is increasing the amount of physical activity undertaken. The Bristol Physical Activity Strategy to 2016 supports walking and cycling, and making it as safe as possible, following the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) ‘guidance for physical activity 2008’, which through an evidence base suggests how to increase activity by improvements to the environment. Basically, it has recommendations on strategy, town planning and the built environment, roads, special paths, public open spaces, schools and access, which all give the highest priority to walking, cycling and use of ‘other modes of transport that involves physical activity’.

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Chief Medical Officers would like to see journeys of 1 - 2 miles done by walking, and those of 2-5 miles by bicycle. Inactivity costs £millions every year through causing a ‘disease burden’ to the NHS. 2 in 3 Bristol people are overweight and/or don’t take enough exercise, and 1 in 3 children are obese through inactivity and poor food choice. Lower road speeds result in walking, cycling and outdoor play becoming more attractive, all of which have a positive impact on health and the community. The success of Cycling City and Active Bristol initiatives mean that more people are choosing to walk and cycle in and around the city. As well as increasing physical activity and improving health, these pursuits also give a greater opportunity for social interaction. 80% of cyclists are drivers, so their changing modes will mean reduced car use for local trips giving a less noisy and more people-centred community. A high percentage of residents see speed as antisocial behaviour which impacts the community. There is evidence that the speed of traffic – or a false perception of the speed of traffic - inhibits street use by cyclists and pedestrians. More street use would increase access to local facilities, build stronger communities, and increase the activity of children. The Parent – would like to cycle to school, with their children; Female Cyclists are nervous – through a lack of skills, or fear of motor vehicles which appear to be going too fast - and efforts to keep fit by cycling are scuppered; Older People would like to walk to the local shops. 20mph traffic is better for this. Another problem is a fear of crossing the street – older people are not quick enough to cross, maybe making them use one side of the street only; Dog Owners – or their dogs - also find it not easy to cross the street. The public is keen for the ‘20 for my street’ concept, surveys suggesting the vast majority are in favour of the 20mph limit. DISCUSSION AND QUESTIONS As Mrs Merton would say, “Lets have a heated debate”. Some topics are shewn here. Not all points were answered with specific replies. SCALE Why edge-to-edge? Surely specific residential side streets would be OK but a blanket on all roads would be inappropriate, counterproductive, frustrating and would lose respect of really needed limits? The limit is OK – it is inappropriate people that cause problems. Page 26

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THROUGH ROUTES Are roads residential or a means of transport/communication? Surely pedestrian education and management is needed – control jay-walking across roads. What about places like Muller Road? Surely not 20mph? It is possible some roads may be excluded – every one is different by nature and we will learn as we go. Muller Road will be a test case and maybe a location where we will have to ‘engineer’ to reduce speed. ENFORCEMENT We don’t enforce 30mph, so how can we enforce 20 ? The Police have made polite noises but will take no action? National guidelines say limits where speeds are already low should be self enforcing. The UWE is working on Social Marketing solutions for 20mph compliance. There may not be a need for enforcement if some drive at 20. Others will either copy, or have to comply by following a 20mph car. CASUALTIES Where are the main casualties now? The whole length of Gloucester Road, over the whole period 7:00am to 1:00am. Two thirds of injuries are to pedestrians and cyclists. Traffic is already below 20mph, with the highest number of pedestrians and cyclists. Accidents happen because of conflicts, so will a 20mph limit work there? How can you stop drunks walking into the road? The original solution was talk of elevated walkways – but pedestrians will ignore them and take the quickest route A to B, even if that is walking across a busy road or junction. So ideally one has to re-route the traffic to remove the conflict. WHY ROLL OUT THE SCHEME AFTER SUCH A SHORT TRIAL? Portsmouth and London have reported only a one or two mph reduction in speed, and the casualties in the Bristol trial area have actually gone up in a small random variation. So the decision was not taken on improved casualty rates and the trial needs to be 5 years to be valid? We want to achieve a reduction in speed. There is public support of 76%. In roads where it was 22/25mph to start, speed has gone down by 1 or 2mph. Where it was 27/28 it has gone down by up to 5mph. Average speed over the monitored sites is 23mph. A 1mph reduction reduces injuries by 5%. Surveys in London suggest casualties may go down by 15% or more. [Portsmouth inconclusive – Ed.] Monitoring and reporting to the Council will continue, and walking has gone up by 11% and cycling by 30%. [ Editor’s comment: – several surveys have been done in Bristol regarding public support but the apparent selection of people asked seems to give a skewed high result. A survey by the Bristol Post, also seeming skewed, showed 50% in favour, 25% against, and 25% agreed in principle or were undecided. Also, people who say they want 20mph in their own street still drive at their previous speed in other streets. . . ]

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CAN WE CHANGE THE CULTURE OF CYCLISTS Riding on pavements, ignoring red lights? Don’t segment into different users. Only 15% of cyclists don’t stop at red lights, the same as car drivers – 15% of car drivers also ignore red lights (said Claire). HGV and bus companies should send their drivers out on cycles, and cycling should be included in the Driving Test. SCHOOLS – is speeding traffic really an issue? Areas around schools are congested and actual speeds are not high? It is an issue of perception. It has an impact on those walking. 20mph needs to be in the whole area to protect those walking or cycling to school over a longer distance. THE ‘MAYOR’ EFFECT Will the 20mph scheme continue or not? The candidate from the Council-controlling Liberal party came 4th in the Mayoral election so perhaps their policies aren’t popular? 20mph wasn’t an issue in the election, but Elected Mayor Ferguson once said he was supportive of 20mph, and even mentioned imposing it on the M32 as well. POLLUTION Will it increase, engines operating below optimum design and lower gears being used? A study across Europe suggests pollution won’t increase – it won’t decrease either, but will stay at the same level as if a 30mph limit were in force. [Editor’s comment: A driver in Lancashire is

taking the local Council to Court, claiming a 20mph scheme had increased consumption, caused engine damage and blocked the diesel particulate filter.]

BAN CYCLISTS Speeding is not the cause of collisions. Cycling on the pavement and jay-walking are the causes. Politicians are obsessed with speed. Cyclists have no training and no responsibility. To reduce injuries the Council should ban cycling in the city. MORE PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS = MORE COLLISIONS ? Maybe the opposite, as has happened in Holland. An increase in numbers will maybe make the risk go down, as there will be more familiarity and more expectation – looking for cyclists when opening a car door, for example. Physical layout can help - altering the Southmead estate to form cul-de-sacs has reduced accidents involving cyclists and pedestrians. SPEED IS NOT THE CAUSE OF COLLISIONS Speed is only one component, but why does the Council focus wholly on speed? The main cause is lack of attention – “Failed to look properly” at 42% (Police statistics 2011). Speeding is about number 8 down the list. Road-user training is not in the field at all in Bristol? Speed is a contributory factor – the slower the speed, the less likelihood of a mistake and the less serious consequences – physics. Page 28

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NUTTERS Politicians don’t deal with the real issues. Get the nutters who drive in excess of 40mph. We also need to get the nutter cyclists – but we can’t be seen to be upsetting cyclists, can we? How many cyclists are prosecuted for jumping red lights? How many collisions do they cause? No-one knows. BUSES – what about them speeding in bus lanes as they do now? And bicycles will now be going faster than the traffic? All motorised vehicles will be subject to the 20mph limit. WHY IS THE LIMIT NOT VARIED AT DIFFERENT TIMES OF DAY 20mph is surely not needed all the time? Slowing down increases the capacity of the network and slower traffic does not need as much road space, although no statistics to hand to support. SURELY JOURNEY TIME WILL INCREASE If speed is reduced by a third, time will be increased by half. Maths? There will be a negligible effect on journey times. Reduced speed will be compensated for by less waiting time at junctions. WHAT CONSULTATION WAS DONE – I’VE SEEN NONE IN THE MEDIA, AND HAS ANYTHING BEEN DONE OUTSIDE THE CITY? A public forum has been operating in Libraries and on a Council website. Leaflets have been handed out. A Public Engagement Group has been set up in local communities. Letters have been sent to taxi and bus firms, and presentations have been done to local firms. Information has been printed in BCFC football programmes. The Council has looked at the organisation in Swedish and Dutch schemes. AIR AND RAIL TRANSPORT is only safe because it is risk-managed to give safe operation of machinery. Surely there would be a much better road safety result through education and training? HOW HAS THE £2.3 MILLION BEEN SPENT? Looking at it from an IAM perspective, the money would provide 17,000 Skill for Life courses or 60,000 Refresher courses? Nothing spent on training. A third on publicity, a third on signage, and a third on traffic engineering, although there is no actual traffic calming. In another way, £5 per head is a low-cost public health intervention. BATH is also introducing a 20mph scheme, starting in Central Bath, Weston village, Peasdown St John and Keynsham, but it has not received much publicity because they are doing it for one third of the cost – they are just putting signs up, with no public engagement, no social marketing. the LINK – newsletter of Bristol Advanced Motorists

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ATTITUDE Speed limits should not be needed. Drivers should observe and respond, and drive at the right speed for the conditions. Why the original 30 – to take care in built-up areas. Have today’s drivers not got the skill or ability to think for themselves? Why 20 – and also why the 40mph imposed on out-of-town country roads seemingly arbitrarily by Councillors? [Editor’s comment: It all begins to come clear when you study the speeds recommended in the Safe System Approach.]

PUT YOUR FOOT DOWN IN FRUSTRATION ? Surely upon reaching the Council boundary and the end of the lengthy blanket 20mph limit, frustrated drivers will put their foot down in frustration, maybe drive too fast, and pose a safety risk in that area? [Editor’s comment: Research into 20mph Zones in London – which is not really the same situation - suggests accident figures outside the zones did not go up.]

AND FINALLY . . . . ARE YOU ABLE TO PULL THE PLUG ? And the final reply from Claire – No, the whole scheme will go ahead. With ‘huge’ public support, you can’t take it away. Roger Joint gave the vote of thanks at the end and presented Mike and Claire with a small gift each, thanking them for a very interesting talk on a controversial subject.

Volunteering Opportunity - Urgent Reporter needed - for Group Monthly Meetings We need a Volunteer (or Volunteers) to write a one or two-page summary of what our guest speakers say at Meetings, for insertion into the LINK for the information of Members. Beryl Smith did this task excellently for a time, and more recently James Lewis-Barned - but he has now gone away, up to University. If YOU would like to help, please get in touch with the Editor. editor@iam-bristol.org.uk 0117 960 8494 Or speak to him at the next Monthly Meeting. Page 30

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Driving News

REMOTE DOOR-LOCKING SECURITY ALERT There was a story circulating on the Internet before Christmas that thieves are using scanning devices to capture codes as you lock your car using the remote – then using the device to re-open the car to steal any contents. The ‘story’ advises that you lock the car with the key, manually. This however contradicts the usual Insurance requirement that cars should be locked and dead-locked with the remote key. I enquired of my Toyota agent, who said, “Villains are using all sorts of

devices, and awareness is now and again heightened, for example by the recent BMW key-copying issue. The remote key-code scenario has been around for more than 20 years. Modern remote locking devices use a “rolling code” so a code captured upon locking is not the same as that needed to unlock, so even if the code were captured by a scanner, it would take some time in trial and error to succeed. It is impossible to defeat all crime such as this. The Driver should be aware at all times, and when leaving (or indeed entering) the car in a public place be alert to any people sitting in cars, causing a distraction, trying to talk to you or acting suspiciously. Pause for a moment before and during walking away from the car, and listen for the car being unlocked. As always, do not leave any goods or coats in the car interior, but lock them in the boot out of sight.” SEVERN BRIDGES NEW CARD PAYMENT FACILITY The almost-farcical card payment method introduced in October 2010 involving a terminal on a long curly lead and a hand-completed log was withdrawn – although it’s still in place for punters who roll-up without any cash. The next step forward is that the coin-bin lanes now have a cardreader, for cars only. Put your card in and out, (no PIN or amount needed, no receipt) and away you go. 29 Oct 12 VIS SEVERN RIVER CROSS BRISTOL 6.00 Check your next bank statement.

ISLE OF MAN MoT Although closely linked with the UK, the Isle of Man is different in many ways – including that vehicles need no MoT. Only used imported vehicles are checked, once, on entry to the island. The IoM is ‘consulting’ on introducing an ‘MoT test’, because although vehicles ‘look good’, statistics show that in over 10% of crashes the primary cause is ‘vehicle defect’. TOLL ROADS IN PROSPECT AGAIN The idea of charging Tolls on new roads is in the news again – although what is ‘new’ is questionable because there are plans to introduce Tolls on the A14 in Cambridgeshire to pay for ‘improvement works’. the LINK – newsletter of Bristol Advanced Motorists

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LOOK OUT FOR YOUR NEW RECYCLING BINS So says the literature from the Council about provision of new containers. South Gloucestershire residents have 7 containers – and may also put out oil cans and car batteries separately as well - and Bristol City residents can now put out small electrical items. A driver certainly has to look out for all these bins and containers, maybe actually in the road, especially if windy, or dark and wet. And gone are the days when the wagon and crew moved quickly down the road collecting. Nowadays there are up to 3 separate wagons on each day, with a minimal crew, taking a longer time dwelt at the kerbside to load the different recyclables. Sometimes the driver also gets out of his cab to help, which hazardous activity one also has to watch out for. HIGHWAYS AGENCY CONTRACTOR CHANGE Highways Agency Area 2 has ceased its Managing Agent Contract with InterRoute and started a new-style 5-year Asset Support Contract with Atkins Skanska. You probably have not noticed any difference. Area 2 (South West) is the first to change, all other areas to change by 2015. The new model contract will cover roads management, maintenance, improvement, incident management, contingency planning, bridge maintenance, winter maintenance and technology schemes covering over 1,100km of trunk roads and motorways across the South West. The focus will be on cost savings, efficiency, and priorities. You may notice “better safety and winter service”, or more roadworks taking place during the day rather than at night, or a move to repair rather than renewal. A CONCERN OVER MOTOR-PRODUCTS ADVERTS The motoring press and even local papers are carrying two adverts which may be misleading. Best advice is to avoid both products. Opinions please? The first concerns a tyre seal treatment costing around £70. “Repairs punctures as they happen”, it says, “You won’t know it has happened.” In reality, if you have a puncture, you need to know, so you can have the object removed and the tyre repaired and made safe. Usually, a tyre depot won’t repair a sealed tyre, so if it goes flat you’ll have to buy new. The second concerns re-mapping of the car’s engine control unit (ECU). “Increase power and save fuel”. In fact, re-mapping increases fuel delivery and the likelihood is an increase in fuel consumption. Also, the car’s wear and reliability may well suffer long-term. More importantly, any car warranty will be affected, and you should declare the modification to your Insurance company, who may well refuse, or increase your premium. An offer such as “£100 off” indicates the high purchase price. Page 32

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ARE YOUR TYRES FLABBY AND WASTING FUEL ? UK drivers are wasting £337 million a year on fuel by driving on underinflated tyres, according to Michelin. Their survey found 40% of cars had at least one ‘dangerously under-inflated’ tyre, and 5% of cars were running on a punctured tyre. As well as wasting fuel, under-inflated tyres wear more quickly, put stress on steering and suspension, and cause poorer handling and increased braking distances. Once set to a pressure, tyres can lose air, so should be checked regularly. The onset of cold weather also reduces tyre pressure – so check them again. Many newer cars have alternative tyre pressure options, including an eco setting. You can also reduce fuel costs by using well-rated tyres. MOTORCYCLE FILTERING and LANE-SPLITTING The practices of motorcycle filtering (overtaking queues of stationary traffic) and lane-splitting (overtaking moving traffic where no separate lane exists) seem more noticeable because of urban traffic ‘engineering’ resulting in narrower lanes, and increasing congestion on multi-lane roads. Many Motorcyclists seem prepared to take the risk. Several Group members have commented that whilst drivers are told to Think Bike, riders ought to be likewise told to Think Car. What do you think? Filtering/Splitting (within reason) is legal in the UK, but illegal in many areas of the world. California is the only USA state that has legalised it, (2 more to follow), on the grounds that “it cools the rider (and bike) and reduces the likelihood of rear-end shunts if stopped ‘in-line’ in traffic.” Several countries have stopped the once-permitted practice, including Australia. France did likewise 3 years ago, but under motorcyclist pressure may yet legalise it, as Belgium and Austria have done recently. BUS LANE EXCESSIVE SPEEDS Due to a number of pedestrian ‘incidents’ and the practice of large, wide buses travelling at 30+mph in narrow bus lanes inches from pedestrians and stationary traffic, there have been calls in some London Boroughs, and elsewhere, for a 20mph limit to be placed on bus lanes. Bristol’s new 20mph scheme should reduce bus lane speeds – but don’t bank on it. Meanwhile, Manchester Council is introducing a code of conduct where buses are to adopt a voluntary 20 mph speed limit inside the inner ring road and 10mph in the busiest parts of central Manchester, also avoiding rapid acceleration and braking, “to decrease air and noise pollution and improve passenger comfort.” Buses must not lay-over at centre bus stops. A Council spokesman said, “Bus travel is vitally important – but it’s essential it’s as safe, efficient and environmentally friendly as possible.” the LINK – newsletter of Bristol Advanced Motorists

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Keep up-to-date with the Highway Code

How long since you studied Highway Code or Know Your Traffic Signs? Things change over time, and as an example the signage for low bridges has changed. The old Warning of a height limit in Imperial units has gradually morphed into a Regulatory Prohibition in dual Metric/Imperial, Metric taking priority. Many interim signs exist. The change came with creeping metrication imposed by the EU, to cater mainly for foreign lorry drivers, and a legislation change to allow both units on one prohibition sign. But I can’t help thinking that it will be confusing to older Brits, especially those hiring a removal van or driving a large retirement motorhome. . . . . left: Old-style Warning Sign in Imperial units, here with chord markings indicating the extent of the headroom shown. This style will continue on arch bridges, but with a second Warning Sign in Metric units. Brunel Railway Bridge at Avon Mill Lane, Keynsham. both photos: Paul Hunt Dec 2012

right: New-style Regulatory Prohibition Sign in dual units Metric / Imperial that is now used for non-arch bridges. Note this sign is on a post before the bridge, rather than on the bridge itself. Avon Valley Railway Bridge, Bitton station on the A431.

Highway Code and Know Your Traffic Signs are available at our Associate seminars !

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I’ve Bought New Tyres –

Jan 2013

says Paul Hunt

DOES EU TYRE LABELLING MAKE A DIFFERENCE ?

I recently put 2 new tyres on my car. It came new with Dunlop SP Sport tyres (new ones are rated F, C, 2 waves (71db), but mine were of course older and probably of an even lower rating than that. It now sits on four Michelin Energy Saver tyres, which are rated C, A, 2 waves (70db). Driving away from the tyre depot I immediately noticed how quiet the car is now – external tyre noise (and hence noise transferred to the interior) is so reduced that for the first time I can faintly hear the engine rather than tyre roar at 40mph, and above that wind noise rather than tyre roar. The car rolls-on noticeably more freely when take I take my foot off the gas – so much so that for the first few approaches to major-to-minor junction left turns, acceleration sense didn’t work as well as before and I needed late braking to avoid overshooting the gearchange point. Rolling more freely has reduced fuel consumption. 1,500 miles of outerurban driving gave 57mpg, compared with 52mpg with two old Dunlops on the front and Michelins on the back, and 49mpg with Dunlops fitted all round. There may also have been some improvements in the fuel and oil over time – the same premium brands of each have been used since new. The ride is ‘different’. On good surfaces, it is now much smoother, but a utility trench repair scar now tends to take the tyre with it, despite any steering input. This is because ‘low rolling resistance’ tyres have stiff bracing under the tread, whereas the old tyre without such stiff bracing would flex and ride over imperfections without being deflected so much. The power steering is strangely much lighter and the car now corners neutrally and directly, as if on rails. The old Dunlops under-steered and were even noisier on bends as the tyre scuffed on the road. Some roadtesters do not like stiff tyres or neutral steering because they say it reduces ‘feel’ at the steering wheel. However, I have got used to the change and I have not experienced any tyre squeal or any indication that the tyres will lose grip. Advanced drivers rarely make emergency stops or corner too fast, but deliberate sharp braking and sharp steering in wet conditions suggests the test value of ‘A’ indeed gives excellent wet grip. It must be stated that other makes of tyre are of course available. Note that the same model of tyre may have differing ratings in the three categories depending on the tyre size and profile. See the individual EU Tyre Labels or the relevant paper/online brochures. the LINK – newsletter of Bristol Advanced Motorists

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Letters to the Editor

this one came via our new Facebook page

David Howard writes: 9 December at 02:21 I'm a little concerned that we call ourselves BRISTOL Advanced Motorists - and yet the offer of a full SfL refund ONLY applies to those 17-24 year-old young drivers from South Gloucestershire ! The Chief Observer and Editor reply: David, This question often arises – but the fact is that South Gloucestershire has provided the current funding. The Road Safety Team understands the value of Skill for Life and driver education above legislation. All of their main Road Safety staff have taken Skill for Life and the IAM Test. Bristol City Council has not supported the ongoing Young Driver initiative – although see elsewhere that we have been able to ‘release’ some money to offer refunds to 4 Young Drivers who live in the Bristol City Council area. Bristol Advanced Motorists covers a geographical area served by several Local Authorities and we cannot offer a refund to our Associates from any of those Council areas either. Despite our ‘Bristol’ name, up to half our Members and Associates live in South Gloucestershire, and many more have cross-border connections with work, family, education etc., so the funding is applicable to many of our Young Driver Associates. FROM THE ISLE OF MAN BY E-MAIL Very good November newsletter, look forward to your next issue. Kind Regards, Mr MW Griffiths – Isle of Man IAM Associate [Editor’s comment: Thank-you. ]

Group Member “Mr X” writes: (name withheld on request) Dear Paul, PUBLIC TRANSPORT VEHICLES This missive is an extremely rare event, in fact the first I have ventured. However, herewith my thoughts on the current fleet of gargantuan public transport vehicles using Bristol’s streets. I have always felt it would have been more favourable to have insisted that Bus Companies should have kept to smaller narrower vehicles rather than altering Bristol's streets at £millions of cost to allow these monsters to operate. Transport could have been just as luxurious, more flexible and more attractive to users. [Editor’s comment: I presume you are referring to the “cattle truck” standee Park and Ride bendy buses? It has always amazed me that there is no bus station in Bristol centre for City services, meaning buses always litter the streets. An opportunity missed at Temple Meads, with an electric shuttle for the Centre – like the short-lived one once used on the car park shuttle. But then, access through Bristol’s narrow streets, and ‘the river problem’, would make such a station impractical without massive demolition and new road building.]

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And “Mr X” continues on a second, separate topic: Most of the time, 14,000 miles on business in Bristol, I drive a Smart. A continuous everyday problem is manhole covers set well below the level of their frames, e.g. half an inch, which when met by the very rigid front suspension of the Smart cause quite a severe shock, both to my system, and that of the car. Advanced Driving skills are brought to the fore but I am not always able to avoid the menace. Pot holes of course come into the same nasty category. The thought is always present that a day out in the Smart as a passenger for the Highways Chief might result in immediate improvement to our streets!! I would prefer these comments to remain anonymous though suggest they could create a correspondence stream among members. [Editor’s comment: In view of the interest shown by “Mr X” in public transport in his letter above, I must ask why it is necessary for him to do 14,000 miles in Bristol in his Smart. What is wrong with the bus, or a bicycle, or even walking? Perhaps it says something about the standard of bus services in Bristol ? ]

A NEW MOTOR ACCESSORY – says Barry Cash It’s called the ‘Headband Hoop Game’. It’s a sort of wastepaper basket with a headband on the bottom so you can wear it on your head. Then you can throw balls in the air and try to catch them in it. Why I should want to do this it doesn’t say, but I mention it to give you an ideal [sic. – Bristolian – Ed.] of the kind of tat in a catalogue my wife received in the Christmas junk mail. It’s called ‘Presents for Men’ and is chock full of things I definitely don’t want. However, next to the car coat hanger (guaranteed for 3 years!) and electric windscreen scraper (or battery flattener) I spotted something that might actually be useful. It’s called the iSAFE anti doze detector. You slip this behind your ear and it will detect when your head nods forward, sounding an alarm to wake you up. I confess to having trouble sometimes staying alert on long motorway journeys so at only £5.99 this could be a good investment. But would drivers actually put it on for every journey? [ Editor’s comment. If people willingly put on those stupid Bluetooth earpieces then they might well actually put this device behind their ear! Looks like a bargain (if it actually works, which is questionable) because, if I recall correctly, Nissan offered a similar but much more technological and much more expensive device with the same end-purpose a couple of years ago. ]

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by Barnaby Ellis

DON’T DO IT WHILST DRIVING – but look at our

NEW FACEBOOK PAGE

You can see our new ‘open’ Facebook page without belonging to Facebook. www.facebook.com/BristolAdvancedMotorists or search for ‘Facebook Bristol Advanced Motorists’ Note that not all search engines will find the page yet, so stick to Google, Yahoo or AVG, until site-trawling and webpage optimisation develop. The blue log-in request box comes up and fills the screen, but to get rid of it just click on the ‘close’ button in the bottom right corner and you can see our Facebook page and the entries. If you can’t see the ‘close’ button, then reduce the screen view to 75% and you should be able to see it.

Follow us on Twitter by Geoff Bevan @iam_bristol DON’T DO IT WHILST DRIVING You can see all the tweets on our account without belonging to Twitter. https://twitter.com/iam_bristol or search for ‘Twitter IAM Bristol’ (Again, not all search engines will find it – so use Google, Yahoo or AVG.)

Interested in Advanced Motorcycling ? Bristol Advanced Motorcyclists is a separate IAM Motorcycling Group in Bristol, acting as a club for existing Members and also providing guidance in Advanced Riding for newcomers, through its SUPER SUNDAY events. Newcomers, just turn up at 09:00 on the first Sunday of any month (but NOT January) at Kings Oak Academy, Brook Road, Kingswood, BRISTOL BS15 4JT. Get a taste with a free assessed ride, and maybe sign-up for the Motorcycle Skill for Life course. Grab a bacon buttie and a cup of tea, meet like-minded people, and maybe attend the various presentations.

[There is a limited money-back offer for Young Riders who pass the Test.] Use the link on our own website to that of the Motorcycle Group. Or go to the Motorcyclists’ own website: www.bamo.org.uk Or phone 01275 372637 or e-mail membership@bam-members.org.uk Page 38

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Your guide to who does what

PUBLIC ENQUIRY LINE

phone direct 0117 960 8494

07071 20 11 73

e-mail associates@iam-bristol.org.uk

Executive Committee, Bristol Advanced Motorists Chairman

Andy Cole

Vice Chairman

Marlene Baker

Secretary

Martin Evans

Treasurer

Paul Hunt

Publicity Officer

Geoff Bevan

Associates Administrator

Pam Hunt

Newsletter Editor

Paul Hunt

Database Administrator

James Rowland

Training Administrator

Margaret James

Membership Development Publicity Events Organiser Young Driver Rep.

Tony Gilbert Gary Nunn Barnaby Ellis

07714 992 639 chairman@iam-bristol.org.uk 01454 619289 vice-chairman@iam-bristol.org.uk 0117 979 8061 secretary@iam-bristol.org.uk 0117 960 8494 treasurer@iam-bristol.org.uk 01453 860365 publicity@iam-bristol.org.uk 0117 960 8494 associates@iam-bristol.org.uk 0117 960 8494 editor@iam-bristol.org.uk 07817 152 405 database@iam-bristol.org.uk 01454 776416 training@iam-bristol.org.uk 07973 730 498 development@iam-bristol.org.uk 01454 851 984 07557 765 946 marketing@iam-bristol.org ydn@iam-bristol.org.uk

Other Post Holders Minute Taker

Clare Reeves

Monthly Meeting Contact

Clare Reeves

Chief Observer and Web Administrator

Geoff Bevan

Group Display Boards & LINK Collation Organiser Social Events Organiser

Andrew Nicholls vacant

0117 969 1746 creeves123@aol.com Inform Clare Reeves of any potential speakers at clarereeves@hotmail.co.uk 01453 860365 chiefobserver@iam-bristol.org.uk webadmin@iam-bristol.org.uk 01749 860321 display@iam-bristol.org.uk contact Secretary for the moment

If you would like to volunteer, please contact the Group Secretary. PHOTOGRAPHY NOTICE: Please note that by attending the Meetings and Driver Guidance Sessions of Bristol Advanced Motorists, you agree to your image being captured and used to promote Bristol Advanced Motorists and its activities. This may include in our newsletter, on our website or for general promotion. If you wish to withhold your permission, please contact the Group Secretary. secretary@iam-bristol.org.uk or phone 0117 979 8061

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What’s the IAM Driving Course all about ? The Skill for Life Advanced Driving course is open to the general driving public – anyone who currently holds a full driving licence. The course, based on the system which forms the core of Police driver training, develops skills and performance in car control and enables drivers to gain knowledge of a wide range of Advanced Driving principles, which can help a driver feel more confident, safer - and make driving more enjoyable. Whether you passed your basic ‘L’ test recently, or maybe some years ago, you will benefit from this comprehensive driving programme because drivers who have passed the Advanced Driving Test can reduce their risk of being involved in a road crash by up to 75%. The Skill for Life course begins with two theory seminar sessions, before you embark on a series of regular, individually tailored, on-road guidance sessions, at times convenient to you and your Observer. The course gives drivers the skills required to pass the IAM’s Advanced Driving Test, which is the ultimate accolade in driving safety. Bristol Group aims for you to complete the course and take the Test all within 6 months. Further details of Skill for Life are available from Pam Hunt, the Bristol Group’s Associates Administrator, on 0117 960 8494 or at associates@iam-bristol.org.uk Aged 17-24 ? If you live, work, or are in Full-time Education in South Gloucestershire, (or live in Bristol City) you could have your Skill for Life fee refunded when you pass the IAM Test, courtesy of South Gloucestershire and Bristol City’s Council Road Safety Teams. Every Skill for Life course now comes with 12 months FREE RAC roadside and recovery cover (£106 RRP) so there has never been a better time to become an Advanced Driver!

2013 Advanced Driving Course Dates TELL FRIENDS, FAMILY, COLLEAGUES

( PRE-BOOKING REQUIRED )

JANUARY 2013 APRIL 2013 JULY 2013 OCTOBER 2013

Jan 23rd, Jan 30th, Mar 13th. Apr 24th, May 03rd, Jun 12th. July 10th, July 17th, Aug 28th. Oct 09th, Oct 16th, Nov 27th.

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The Cover of the hard copy version The A5 paper version of the LINK has the glossy thin card cover which is reproduced left. The image shows Bristol’s iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge, designed by renowned Engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel and opened (after his death) in 1864. The cover is printed free of charge by Bristol Printing and Office Supplies firm PRISM. PRISM Director Doug Lodge is a Member of the Bristol Group, and in the past held Group positions of Treasurer and Chief Observer. Please view the advertisement below, printed on the back cover.

www.prism-ltd.co.uk

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THE GROUP NEEDS MORE ASSOCIATES Publicity is the Key

above: Chief Observer Geoff (right) pictured talking to that valuable commodity we MUST acquire for the Group – a Member of the Public (left) who is interested in signing-up for the Skill for Life course and IAM Advanced Driving Test.

photo: Barnaby Ellis

Reaching Members of the Public with Publicity efforts has become extremely difficult in the last few years. As an existing Member or Associate, you can be a good Sales Persuader for the Group. Do you know someone in your family, circle of friends, or amongst your work colleagues, who could benefit from joining the IAM and our Group? Every new Associate will help towards securing the short, medium and long-term future of both your local Group and the IAM itself. Remember we have our YOUNG DRIVER REFUND SCHEME available – those aged 17-24 who pass the IAM Test can have their £139 SfL fee refunded. (Note: Conditions apply: Residency/Work/Education in the South Gloucestershire Local Authority area, or Residency ONLY in the Bristol City Council area; completion in 12 months.)

Information about Skill for Life can be obtained from Associates Administrator Pam Hunt. or e-mail associates@iam-bristol.org.uk phone 0117 960 8494 Page 42

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