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Welcome

Visit: redrow.co.uk View: redrow.tv

March Issue. Regulars 3 Chairman’s Chat

Diary Of Events

4 Associate Report

26th March. Derek Arnold Agent Zig Zag - the real James Bond.

Liz reports on the latest Associate News.

5 Membership News Who is celebrating their Birthday this month?

26th February. Supt Chris Markey, Merseyside Police.

6&7 New Feature!

30th April. Paul Griffiths- please see article on page 10.

Is there a car you wished you had owned? This time I pick up on an often overlooked car.

28th May. AGM.

11 IAM News IAM comment on quarter three road casualty statistics

The New Heritage Collection by Redrow is not just a dream at one development, it’s a standard we have set at over sixty locations across the UK. Visit Redrow.co.uk to view an unrivalled choice of homes, built with such pride, that they’re a joy to live in.

Where we meet Wirral Advanced Motorist’s meetings are held on the last Tuesday of the month at the Roundel Club at 8pm. This is also known as the RAFA Club.

Outdoor Events April History and Heritage Fair. Birkenhead Town Hall. May Wirral Classic Car Show. Thurstaston.

The address is:

July Neston Village Fete. Neston.

17 Shrewsbury Road Oxton CH43 1 UU

August Port Sunlight Village Fete. Port Sunlight.

Please note that the club is entered via the car park on the corner of Alton Road. A one way system is in operation.

North Cheshire Classic Car Rally. Foxes Riding School, Ledsham.

The views, advertisements and opinions expressed in this Newsletter are those of individual contributors and do not necessarily reflect those taken by Wirral Advanced Motorists or the Institute of Advanced Motorists.

Traditional homes, built the way you remember

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Driving Forward The Wirral Institute of Advanced Motorists Newsletter Registered Charity Number: 512232 Issue Number: 361 President: Mr Norman Jarvis M.B.E. Vice President: Mr Ian Standring. Website: www.wirraliam.co.uk (Webmaster:Kevin Irvine) email us: info@wirraliam.co.uk

Chairman.

Jan Peters

Tel: 07799 118802

Vice-Chairman & Editor.

Tony Stopforth

Tel: 0151 932 0454

Secretary.

Angela Clarke Tel: 0151 336 1069 5 Tithebarn Drive Parkgate Neston CH64 6RG email:secretary@wirraliam.co.uk

Treasurer, Outdoor Events Shop Keeper.

Barry Stuart

Tel: 0151 342 2923

Associate Co-ordinator.

Liz Scarff

Tel: 0151 652 2059

Area Associate Organiser.

Bob Rollo

Tel: 0151 678 5077

Senior Observer Checker.

Colin Herbert

Tel: 07533 223701

Membership Secretary.

Peter Osborne email:membershipsecretary@wirraliam.co.uk

Newsletter Distribution.

Sheila Rose

Tel: 0151 336 6428

Social Events.

Mary Beaumont

Tel: 0151 342 4132

Minutes Secretary.

Dy Brown

Tel: 0151 336 7956

Other Committee Members.

Tony Quaile Peter Hayward

IAM comment on quarter three road casualty statistics The latest Department for Transport road casualty statistics released today show an increase in casualties for vulnerable road users. There were 1,760 fatalities in road accidents in the year ending September 2012, a 7 per cent drop from the year ending September 2011 (1,883). However, the number of pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists killed or seriously injured increased by 6, 8 and 4 per cent respectively in the same period. This means 6,040 pedestrians, 3,270 cyclists and 5,440 motorcyclists were killed or seriously injured between October 2011 and September 2012. The number of fatal accidents on major roads (motorways and A roads) fell by 9 per cent and the number of fatal or serious accidents fell by 2 per cent. However, fatal and serious accidents rose by 5 per cent on minor roads and similarly 5 per cent on built-up roads. IAM director of policy and research Neil Greig said: “It is reassuring to see an overall drop in the number of road casualties, however this should not mask the increase of deaths and serious injuries for cyclists and pedestrians.” “The rise in the number of fatal and serious accidents on minor and built-up roads is concerning. The government needs to think about which roads are the safest and where they should be dedicating their resources.” The IAM would like to see: Changes to the driving test to make drivers much more aware of cyclists and pedestrians. Improved infrastructure for cyclists, including more segregated cycle paths. The government commit to reinstate funding for road safety campaigns and education

Wirral Advanced Motorists Group and the Data Protection Act 1996. It is the group’s intention to hold details of members and associates on computer in order to assist with administration. If you do not want your details to be held on computer, please make your objections to the Group Chairman.

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Thanks to The IAM-As a charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists (the IAM) supports the raising of driving and riding standards and campaigns for increased on-road skills. We support and represent motorists, motorcyclists and are developing programmes for cyclists too. We offer practical driving and riding programmes and urge all road users to act more responsibly.

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Social Evening. It has been noted that the attendance at the last couple of social events has been a bit disappointing with the exception of our January Fish n Chip supper evening, which we had nearly 70 members, guests and other Groups attend.

It would be nice to see these attendance figures each month!

The Fish n Chip supper has become a tradition on the WAM calendar but this comes at a great cost to the Group and a great deal of hard work by the organisers of the event. The evening is funded by the raffles throughout the year, but with dwindling members attending these events this is leaving the Group out of pocket. It with this in mind that I politely request that members make a special effort to attend our meeting throughout the year, were you will receive a warm welcome. Please note on page 8 our revised format from May 2013. The next three speakers whom we have had before, and whom all members who have attended thoroughly enjoyed . On the 26th February Supt. Chris Markey, from the Merseyside Police makes a welcome return.

May I take the opportunity to thank everyone who made the Fish n Chip Supper such a success. It was great to see so many people venture out on a January evening and enjoy themselves so much. So thank you to everyone and we all look forward to seeing you next year.

I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome our new Associates this month, Richard Cross from Moreton and Fred Ryall from Oxton. Congratulations to Andrew Stoker from Port Sunlight and to John Gresley from Chester who have become full members of the IAM.

I was disappointed to hear that the government has cut £15 million from road safety campaigns. The government has cut spending on road safety campaigns from £19 million in 2008/09 to just £4 million in 2011/12 – a cut of nearly 80 per cent. The figure was revealed after a freedom of information enquiry by the Institute of Advanced Motorists. The DfT is planning on spending £3.57 million on road safety in the 2012/13 financial year which will see: • £53,000 spent on cyclist safety. • £78,000 on child and teenager road safety. • £50,000 on research into young drivers. • £1.275 million on motorcycle campaigns; and • £1.689 million on drink-drive campaigns. In 2011 the total cost of fatal road accidents was £3.2 billion, with immeasurable emotional and social costs. Unfortunately this is the age of austerity but a £15 million cut is peanuts compared to the vast budget the government controls. I suppose it was an easy cut because I suspect the vast majority don't consider road safety that important. This is where WAM and all the other groups in the IAM are so important. It is up to all of us to hammer home the importance of road safety. The cost of every fatal road accident costs £1.7 million so this does seem a false economy to cut the budget by so much. I'm sure our speakers in February and April will have much to say on this as they have both seen first-hand the devastation that a fatal road accident brings to everyone concerned.

On the 26th March. Derek Arnold makes a welcome return and this time his talk is entitled: 'Agent Zig Zag - the real James Bond'. And finally on the 30th April Paul Griffiths returns with a talk entitled: 'An evening with Paul Griffiths (Retired Policeman)' It’s with the last talk that we need your help. Paul is asking for questions from members on anything relating to his police career, advanced driving and motoring in general. This is a chance to have any questions answered by a retired policeman in an honest, humorous but serious nature as only Paul can. I will then let Paul know your questions and he will answer them on the evening. Angela, our Secretary and Indoor events organiser works hard on finding interesting speakers so please do make the effort to support your local Group.

My new car suffered a minor bump in a car park recently, unfortunately the driver who caused the damage left no details so I guess the old virtue of honesty has gone out of the window. I thought the damage was minimal but after numerous visits to body shops the quote was into 4 figures. So it was my insurance to the rescue. My car has now been returned as good as new. Hopefully the same can be said for Rowan Atkinson's when his insurance company shelled out over £900,000 to repair his McLaren F1, making it the biggest car insurance bill ever recorded in Britain. The Mr Bean star sustained a shoulder injury when he crashed the car into a tree - the second time he'd crashed the car - but recovered quickly. However, the 240mph McLaren car spent over a year in McLaren's Woking base while it was being repaired by technicians. My advice would be for Mr. Bean to take the Advanced Driving Test and see what IAM Surety could offer him! Until next time, drive safely Tony (Stepping into Jan’s shoes this month)

Many thanks Tony

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Hall of Fame Associate Report March 2013 Test Passes Andrew Stoker John Gresley

From Port Sunlight From Chester

Observed by Ron Heath. Observed by Allan Wright.

From the November meeting, pictured with our President, Norman Jarvis MBE, is Norman Hiscock.

New Associates Richard Cross Fred Ryall

from Moreton. from Oxton.

From the Quiz night (top right), pictured with our examiner, Paul Griffiths is Ian Gill.

Here we are at the end of January and I can only hope that others have enjoyed the snow as much as I have. I love it, can’t get enough of it. It was falling thick and fast a few days ago as my friend Roma and I walked, with her dog, through Royden Park. The scenery was really something to behold. Other walkers were also saying how beautiful it was and, of course, all the dogs were having a super time. From there we went to Larton Livery for dog and wild bird food, before going into their cafe where we were served thick warming home-made soup with a hot ciabatta and a big mug of tea. Roma then had to go home but I went on to West Kirby and Ashton Park lake, where I had the ducks, geese, coots etc taking food out of my hand, After a good brisk walk around the lake and a look at the tree sculptures I made my way home, tired but very satisfied after a lovely day out in the snow. I do, however, feel tremendous sympathy for people who live in areas where the melted snow has nowhere to go but into their homes. I know from experience what a flooded home is like. Nobody deserves that!

From the Quiz night (above), pictured with our examiner, Paul Griffiths is Mark Shields.

Thought for the month Congratulations from all of us at the Wirral Advanced Motorists. One of the nice things about horses is that their bodies won’t rust after a winter on the salted roads! Hope you enjoy the Newsletter, I try hard to make it informative and interesting as well. Liz Scarff. Associate Co-ordinator.

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If you would like to contribute or comment about anything you see then contact me at editor@wirraliam.co.uk

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Changes to the Group Programme

Happy Birthday! Birthdays in March.

This is to tell all our Group Members we have found it necessary to take the hard decision to change our Group programme starting after our AGM in May 2013.

Mr G R Barley. Mr P Edwards. Mrs D.R.C Hughes. Mr D Lynchehaun. Mr L R Monks. Mrs R G Murphy. Mr P Nicholson. Rev. G Palmer. Mr D Smith. Mr A Stopforth. Mr B Rollo. Mr Norman Jarvis, MBE.

You will appreciate our finances have changed from the times when we had over 40-50 Associates per year, so we need to curb our expenditure. This year we had only 13 entrants. This is definitely not to say we are in dire straits – far from it! We are just being prudent! There are many things we must maintain, such as Newsletter production and distribution, IAM clothing for those manning our stall at Open Days, room hire, insurance, Associate recruitment, speakers fees etc. This year we worked hard to interest people to join us by attending 6 outdoor events, one of which was for 2 days. We have been closely involved with Wirral Borough Council’s project to encourage young drivers to improve their skills and have been represented at over 20 meetings and presentations. From all this, we gained a total of 13 new Associates. You see our position. We need to cut down expenditure so we can continue encouraging drivers to improve their skills by taking the Skill For Life programme.

The Wirral Group has: Total number of members: Number of full members: Number of Associates: Group Friends: Honorary Member Peter Osborne

As a result, we have decided to re-arrange our programme of speakers evenings and Newsletter distribution. As from our AGM in May 2013, please note the following changes. Speakers evenings will be bi-monthly and these will be: July, September, November, January, March and May. Held on the last Tuesday in the month as usual. Newsletters issued bi-monthly dated: August, October, December, February, April and June. We are looking at increasing these Newsletters from the 12 page format at present to 16 pages.

314 279 16 18 1

Liz Scarff 0151 652 2059

Observers Please Note Observers must check Associate’s licences, insurance, MOT and also eyesight.

The editor would be willing to produce a small catch up electronic version in the other months if deemed necessary and if sufficent demand from our Members is noted. We hope you agree our decision was sensible and we look forward to seeing you at our speakers evenings. We welcome and appreciate your support. The Committee

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Many members may not be aware that an electronic copy of the Newsletter is available. You will receive the copy direct in your inbox approximately two weeks before you would receive your paper copy. As well as doing your bit for the environment your electronic copy will be in full colour. If you would like to opt out of receiving your paper copy for the electronic version please get in touch with the editor (editor@wirraliam.co.uk) and I will ensure that you receive your Newsletter by email in the future.

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Cars you wished for: Saab 9-3 Turbo

This couldn’t come quickly enough for Saab. Built on a very different variation of the General Motors Epsilon platform that also underpinned various Opels (Holden Vectra) and Chevrolets (the rear suspension was purely Saab’s for instance), the 2002 9-3 was a vast improvement, offering an attractive and spacious body, much better steering, ride and handling attributes, safety and security improvements and a fresh new face. But sales haven’t matched expectations, simply because this 9-3 – for all its refinement, comfort and performance – isn’t as distinguished to the eye as previous (and offbeat) Saabs. The now-100 per cent GM-owned firm abandoned the favoured hatchback body configuration for a blander three-box four-door sedan, but the new two-door convertible from October ‘03 retained something of its predecessor’s character.

Founded in Sweden, Saab began producing cars in the late 1940s. With the tagline "Born from Jets," Saab’s history is unlike any other auto manufacturer. The original Saab was built by 16 aircraft engineers and the result was a car designed with precision and aerodynamics similar to that of a fighter jet while maintaining a reputation of safety and reliability. Saab was the pioneer of turbo charged engines as far back as the 1970’s. Isn’t it ironic that all the other car manufactures have finally caught on that the use of a turbo greatly influences how the car performs. Granted cars these days are so much more refined than that of the 1970’s but Saab have always been that little bit different. Fast forward to the late nineties and Saab introduce the 9-3. The first generation 9-3, a substantially improved "new-generation" Saab 900 was launched in 1998 for the 1999 model year. Saab claimed that 1,100 changes were made, including a revised suspension in an attempt to tighten up the handling characteristics of its predecessor, the Saab 900 (1994–1998 models). It featured slightly sleeker styling with some models sporting a black rear spoiler and removed Saab's trademark centrally mounted "snow flap". It was available as a three or five-door hatchback, and as a two-door convertible. It was the last small Saab to use the company's H engine. Notable improvements over the Saab 900 were improved ride and handling and substantially improved crash-worthiness with standard side impact airbags with head protection and active headrests. The Saab 9-3 along with the Saab 9-5 and the Volvo S70 were the first cars in the world to earn the maximum score in a side impact augmented by a pole test based on Euro NCAP testing. The 9-3 continued the Saab safety tradition of performing a Moose Test.

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These cars tend to be a bit of a bargain now, but as always do your homework and carry out the normal checks as you would for any car. For 2007 the 9-3 range includes TiD turbo-diesel versions of the popular four-seater soft top, along with the expected sedan and SportCombi wagon variants It’s a great pity that Saab do not make cars anymore, they were different to the normal prestigious brands from Germany. Email me your car you wished you had owned!

“Guess where?” A new feature in this Newsletter, with kind permission of Ken Rose who kindly supplied the photograph, is “Guess where?” Answers to editor@wirraliam. This may be a bit harder, clue: it’s not on the Wirral!

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Cars you wished for: Saab 9-3 Turbo

This couldn’t come quickly enough for Saab. Built on a very different variation of the General Motors Epsilon platform that also underpinned various Opels (Holden Vectra) and Chevrolets (the rear suspension was purely Saab’s for instance), the 2002 9-3 was a vast improvement, offering an attractive and spacious body, much better steering, ride and handling attributes, safety and security improvements and a fresh new face. But sales haven’t matched expectations, simply because this 9-3 – for all its refinement, comfort and performance – isn’t as distinguished to the eye as previous (and offbeat) Saabs. The now-100 per cent GM-owned firm abandoned the favoured hatchback body configuration for a blander three-box four-door sedan, but the new two-door convertible from October ‘03 retained something of its predecessor’s character.

Founded in Sweden, Saab began producing cars in the late 1940s. With the tagline "Born from Jets," Saab’s history is unlike any other auto manufacturer. The original Saab was built by 16 aircraft engineers and the result was a car designed with precision and aerodynamics similar to that of a fighter jet while maintaining a reputation of safety and reliability. Saab was the pioneer of turbo charged engines as far back as the 1970’s. Isn’t it ironic that all the other car manufactures have finally caught on that the use of a turbo greatly influences how the car performs. Granted cars these days are so much more refined than that of the 1970’s but Saab have always been that little bit different. Fast forward to the late nineties and Saab introduce the 9-3. The first generation 9-3, a substantially improved "new-generation" Saab 900 was launched in 1998 for the 1999 model year. Saab claimed that 1,100 changes were made, including a revised suspension in an attempt to tighten up the handling characteristics of its predecessor, the Saab 900 (1994–1998 models). It featured slightly sleeker styling with some models sporting a black rear spoiler and removed Saab's trademark centrally mounted "snow flap". It was available as a three or five-door hatchback, and as a two-door convertible. It was the last small Saab to use the company's H engine. Notable improvements over the Saab 900 were improved ride and handling and substantially improved crash-worthiness with standard side impact airbags with head protection and active headrests. The Saab 9-3 along with the Saab 9-5 and the Volvo S70 were the first cars in the world to earn the maximum score in a side impact augmented by a pole test based on Euro NCAP testing. The 9-3 continued the Saab safety tradition of performing a Moose Test.

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These cars tend to be a bit of a bargain now, but as always do your homework and carry out the normal checks as you would for any car. For 2007 the 9-3 range includes TiD turbo-diesel versions of the popular four-seater soft top, along with the expected sedan and SportCombi wagon variants It’s a great pity that Saab do not make cars anymore, they were different to the normal prestigious brands from Germany. Email me your car you wished you had owned!

“Guess where?” A new feature in this Newsletter, with kind permission of Ken Rose who kindly supplied the photograph, is “Guess where?” Answers to editor@wirraliam. This may be a bit harder, clue: it’s not on the Wirral!

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Changes to the Group Programme

Happy Birthday! Birthdays in March.

This is to tell all our Group Members we have found it necessary to take the hard decision to change our Group programme starting after our AGM in May 2013.

Mr G R Barley. Mr P Edwards. Mrs D.R.C Hughes. Mr D Lynchehaun. Mr L R Monks. Mrs R G Murphy. Mr P Nicholson. Rev. G Palmer. Mr D Smith. Mr A Stopforth. Mr B Rollo. Mr Norman Jarvis, MBE.

You will appreciate our finances have changed from the times when we had over 40-50 Associates per year, so we need to curb our expenditure. This year we had only 13 entrants. This is definitely not to say we are in dire straits – far from it! We are just being prudent! There are many things we must maintain, such as Newsletter production and distribution, IAM clothing for those manning our stall at Open Days, room hire, insurance, Associate recruitment, speakers fees etc. This year we worked hard to interest people to join us by attending 6 outdoor events, one of which was for 2 days. We have been closely involved with Wirral Borough Council’s project to encourage young drivers to improve their skills and have been represented at over 20 meetings and presentations. From all this, we gained a total of 13 new Associates. You see our position. We need to cut down expenditure so we can continue encouraging drivers to improve their skills by taking the Skill For Life programme.

The Wirral Group has: Total number of members: Number of full members: Number of Associates: Group Friends: Honorary Member Peter Osborne

As a result, we have decided to re-arrange our programme of speakers evenings and Newsletter distribution. As from our AGM in May 2013, please note the following changes. Speakers evenings will be bi-monthly and these will be: July, September, November, January, March and May. Held on the last Tuesday in the month as usual. Newsletters issued bi-monthly dated: August, October, December, February, April and June. We are looking at increasing these Newsletters from the 12 page format at present to 16 pages.

314 279 16 18 1

Liz Scarff 0151 652 2059

Observers Please Note Observers must check Associate’s licences, insurance, MOT and also eyesight.

The editor would be willing to produce a small catch up electronic version in the other months if deemed necessary and if sufficent demand from our Members is noted. We hope you agree our decision was sensible and we look forward to seeing you at our speakers evenings. We welcome and appreciate your support. The Committee

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Many members may not be aware that an electronic copy of the Newsletter is available. You will receive the copy direct in your inbox approximately two weeks before you would receive your paper copy. As well as doing your bit for the environment your electronic copy will be in full colour. If you would like to opt out of receiving your paper copy for the electronic version please get in touch with the editor (editor@wirraliam.co.uk) and I will ensure that you receive your Newsletter by email in the future.

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Hall of Fame Associate Report March 2013 Test Passes Andrew Stoker John Gresley

From Port Sunlight From Chester

Observed by Ron Heath. Observed by Allan Wright.

From the November meeting, pictured with our President, Norman Jarvis MBE, is Norman Hiscock.

New Associates Richard Cross Fred Ryall

from Moreton. from Oxton.

From the Quiz night (top right), pictured with our examiner, Paul Griffiths is Ian Gill.

Here we are at the end of January and I can only hope that others have enjoyed the snow as much as I have. I love it, can’t get enough of it. It was falling thick and fast a few days ago as my friend Roma and I walked, with her dog, through Royden Park. The scenery was really something to behold. Other walkers were also saying how beautiful it was and, of course, all the dogs were having a super time. From there we went to Larton Livery for dog and wild bird food, before going into their cafe where we were served thick warming home-made soup with a hot ciabatta and a big mug of tea. Roma then had to go home but I went on to West Kirby and Ashton Park lake, where I had the ducks, geese, coots etc taking food out of my hand, After a good brisk walk around the lake and a look at the tree sculptures I made my way home, tired but very satisfied after a lovely day out in the snow. I do, however, feel tremendous sympathy for people who live in areas where the melted snow has nowhere to go but into their homes. I know from experience what a flooded home is like. Nobody deserves that!

From the Quiz night (above), pictured with our examiner, Paul Griffiths is Mark Shields.

Thought for the month Congratulations from all of us at the Wirral Advanced Motorists. One of the nice things about horses is that their bodies won’t rust after a winter on the salted roads! Hope you enjoy the Newsletter, I try hard to make it informative and interesting as well. Liz Scarff. Associate Co-ordinator.

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If you would like to contribute or comment about anything you see then contact me at editor@wirraliam.co.uk

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Social Evening. It has been noted that the attendance at the last couple of social events has been a bit disappointing with the exception of our January Fish n Chip supper evening, which we had nearly 70 members, guests and other Groups attend.

It would be nice to see these attendance figures each month!

The Fish n Chip supper has become a tradition on the WAM calendar but this comes at a great cost to the Group and a great deal of hard work by the organisers of the event. The evening is funded by the raffles throughout the year, but with dwindling members attending these events this is leaving the Group out of pocket. It with this in mind that I politely request that members make a special effort to attend our meeting throughout the year, were you will receive a warm welcome. Please note on page 8 our revised format from May 2013. The next three speakers whom we have had before, and whom all members who have attended thoroughly enjoyed . On the 26th February Supt. Chris Markey, from the Merseyside Police makes a welcome return.

May I take the opportunity to thank everyone who made the Fish n Chip Supper such a success. It was great to see so many people venture out on a January evening and enjoy themselves so much. So thank you to everyone and we all look forward to seeing you next year.

I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome our new Associates this month, Richard Cross from Moreton and Fred Ryall from Oxton. Congratulations to Andrew Stoker from Port Sunlight and to John Gresley from Chester who have become full members of the IAM.

I was disappointed to hear that the government has cut £15 million from road safety campaigns. The government has cut spending on road safety campaigns from £19 million in 2008/09 to just £4 million in 2011/12 – a cut of nearly 80 per cent. The figure was revealed after a freedom of information enquiry by the Institute of Advanced Motorists. The DfT is planning on spending £3.57 million on road safety in the 2012/13 financial year which will see: • £53,000 spent on cyclist safety. • £78,000 on child and teenager road safety. • £50,000 on research into young drivers. • £1.275 million on motorcycle campaigns; and • £1.689 million on drink-drive campaigns. In 2011 the total cost of fatal road accidents was £3.2 billion, with immeasurable emotional and social costs. Unfortunately this is the age of austerity but a £15 million cut is peanuts compared to the vast budget the government controls. I suppose it was an easy cut because I suspect the vast majority don't consider road safety that important. This is where WAM and all the other groups in the IAM are so important. It is up to all of us to hammer home the importance of road safety. The cost of every fatal road accident costs £1.7 million so this does seem a false economy to cut the budget by so much. I'm sure our speakers in February and April will have much to say on this as they have both seen first-hand the devastation that a fatal road accident brings to everyone concerned.

On the 26th March. Derek Arnold makes a welcome return and this time his talk is entitled: 'Agent Zig Zag - the real James Bond'. And finally on the 30th April Paul Griffiths returns with a talk entitled: 'An evening with Paul Griffiths (Retired Policeman)' It’s with the last talk that we need your help. Paul is asking for questions from members on anything relating to his police career, advanced driving and motoring in general. This is a chance to have any questions answered by a retired policeman in an honest, humorous but serious nature as only Paul can. I will then let Paul know your questions and he will answer them on the evening. Angela, our Secretary and Indoor events organiser works hard on finding interesting speakers so please do make the effort to support your local Group.

My new car suffered a minor bump in a car park recently, unfortunately the driver who caused the damage left no details so I guess the old virtue of honesty has gone out of the window. I thought the damage was minimal but after numerous visits to body shops the quote was into 4 figures. So it was my insurance to the rescue. My car has now been returned as good as new. Hopefully the same can be said for Rowan Atkinson's when his insurance company shelled out over £900,000 to repair his McLaren F1, making it the biggest car insurance bill ever recorded in Britain. The Mr Bean star sustained a shoulder injury when he crashed the car into a tree - the second time he'd crashed the car - but recovered quickly. However, the 240mph McLaren car spent over a year in McLaren's Woking base while it was being repaired by technicians. My advice would be for Mr. Bean to take the Advanced Driving Test and see what IAM Surety could offer him! Until next time, drive safely Tony (Stepping into Jan’s shoes this month)

Many thanks Tony

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Driving Forward The Wirral Institute of Advanced Motorists Newsletter Registered Charity Number: 512232 Issue Number: 361 President: Mr Norman Jarvis M.B.E. Vice President: Mr Ian Standring. Website: www.wirraliam.co.uk (Webmaster:Kevin Irvine) email us: info@wirraliam.co.uk

Chairman.

Jan Peters

Tel: 07799 118802

Vice-Chairman & Editor.

Tony Stopforth

Tel: 0151 932 0454

Secretary.

Angela Clarke Tel: 0151 336 1069 5 Tithebarn Drive Parkgate Neston CH64 6RG email:secretary@wirraliam.co.uk

Treasurer, Outdoor Events Shop Keeper.

Barry Stuart

Tel: 0151 342 2923

Associate Co-ordinator.

Liz Scarff

Tel: 0151 652 2059

Area Associate Organiser.

Bob Rollo

Tel: 0151 678 5077

Senior Observer Checker.

Colin Herbert

Tel: 07533 223701

Membership Secretary.

Peter Osborne email:membershipsecretary@wirraliam.co.uk

Newsletter Distribution.

Sheila Rose

Tel: 0151 336 6428

Social Events.

Mary Beaumont

Tel: 0151 342 4132

Minutes Secretary.

Dy Brown

Tel: 0151 336 7956

Other Committee Members.

Tony Quaile Peter Hayward

IAM comment on quarter three road casualty statistics The latest Department for Transport road casualty statistics released today show an increase in casualties for vulnerable road users. There were 1,760 fatalities in road accidents in the year ending September 2012, a 7 per cent drop from the year ending September 2011 (1,883). However, the number of pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists killed or seriously injured increased by 6, 8 and 4 per cent respectively in the same period. This means 6,040 pedestrians, 3,270 cyclists and 5,440 motorcyclists were killed or seriously injured between October 2011 and September 2012. The number of fatal accidents on major roads (motorways and A roads) fell by 9 per cent and the number of fatal or serious accidents fell by 2 per cent. However, fatal and serious accidents rose by 5 per cent on minor roads and similarly 5 per cent on built-up roads. IAM director of policy and research Neil Greig said: “It is reassuring to see an overall drop in the number of road casualties, however this should not mask the increase of deaths and serious injuries for cyclists and pedestrians.” “The rise in the number of fatal and serious accidents on minor and built-up roads is concerning. The government needs to think about which roads are the safest and where they should be dedicating their resources.” The IAM would like to see: Changes to the driving test to make drivers much more aware of cyclists and pedestrians. Improved infrastructure for cyclists, including more segregated cycle paths. The government commit to reinstate funding for road safety campaigns and education

Wirral Advanced Motorists Group and the Data Protection Act 1996. It is the group’s intention to hold details of members and associates on computer in order to assist with administration. If you do not want your details to be held on computer, please make your objections to the Group Chairman.

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Thanks to The IAM-As a charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists (the IAM) supports the raising of driving and riding standards and campaigns for increased on-road skills. We support and represent motorists, motorcyclists and are developing programmes for cyclists too. We offer practical driving and riding programmes and urge all road users to act more responsibly.

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Driving Forward

Driving Forward

Welcome

Visit: redrow.co.uk View: redrow.tv

March Issue. Regulars 3 Chairman’s Chat

Diary Of Events

4 Associate Report

26th March. Derek Arnold Agent Zig Zag - the real James Bond.

Liz reports on the latest Associate News.

5 Membership News Who is celebrating their Birthday this month?

26th February. Supt Chris Markey, Merseyside Police.

6&7 New Feature!

30th April. Paul Griffiths- please see article on page 10.

Is there a car you wished you had owned? This time I pick up on an often overlooked car.

28th May. AGM.

11 IAM News IAM comment on quarter three road casualty statistics

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Where we meet Wirral Advanced Motorist’s meetings are held on the last Tuesday of the month at the Roundel Club at 8pm. This is also known as the RAFA Club.

Outdoor Events April History and Heritage Fair. Birkenhead Town Hall. May Wirral Classic Car Show. Thurstaston.

The address is:

July Neston Village Fete. Neston.

17 Shrewsbury Road Oxton CH43 1 UU

August Port Sunlight Village Fete. Port Sunlight.

Please note that the club is entered via the car park on the corner of Alton Road. A one way system is in operation.

North Cheshire Classic Car Rally. Foxes Riding School, Ledsham.

The views, advertisements and opinions expressed in this Newsletter are those of individual contributors and do not necessarily reflect those taken by Wirral Advanced Motorists or the Institute of Advanced Motorists.

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