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 2015
NOV
22
Group celebrates its 900th Test Pass
  Sally Nicholls Congratulations to Sally Nichols who, today, became our 900th test pass! Well done to Sally and to all our Observers on this magnificent milestone.
 
AUG
22
Northampton Advanced Motorists Announce Free Sessions for New Drivers
  Northampton Advanced Motorists (NAM) is providing a series of three free learning sessions for newly qualified drivers. Many new drivers pass the driving test without having driven on a motorway, in the dark or in adverse weather conditions. If this is the case for you, you will find these sessions invaluable.

The three free sessions cover motorway driving, driving in the dark and driving skill improvements. The sessions take place on Saturday 21st November, Saturday 28th November and Wednesday evening, 2nd December and you will be accompanied in your own car by one of our qualified observers. The sessions last around one to one and a quarter hours including a short briefing before the drive, a demonstration drive and a brief summary afterwards. The drives start from the NAM display unit at Northamptonshire Police Headquarters at Mereway in Northampton.

You can attend any or all of the sessions, but we would recommend all three. Attending these sessions does not oblige you to undertake any further training.
 
AUG
12
Free Taster sessions - until 31st December 2015
  In a major drive to improve the driving standards amongst motorists, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) is offering a free advanced driving taster session to any UK licence holder.

The campaign to receive an assessment of your driving standards has won the backing of someone who knows a thing or two about top quality driving - 1992 Formula 1 World Champion and IAM President Nigel Mansell CBE.

The campaign, called Love Driving, has just been launched by the IAM, the UK’s biggest independent road safety charity. It takes the light-hearted approach that bad driving is a turn-off to someone of the opposite sex – not only can bad motoring habits cause an accident and injury at the worst; it can also put a damper on you meeting Mr or Ms Right!

The informal, 60-minute session will be carried out by a qualified assessor from the IAM and will take place in your own car. There are no special insurance requirements – you only need to hold a valid UK driving licence.

The taster sessions are part of the IAM’s ongoing goal to improve the riding and driving standards of road users and cut the numbers of those killed and seriously injured on our roads. The IAM also wants motorists to derive more enjoyment from their driving, be less stressed and less prone to road-rage as a result of gaining those extra skills.

The taster sessions, normally worth £39 a person, must be booked by 31 December this year. To take advantage of the free sessions, which are available in England and Wales, please visit the IAM's web page www.iam.org.uk/lovedriving
 
AUG
3
September Checkdrive date changed - to 13th September
  Please note, due to competing events, our September checkdrives have been moved to the second Sunday of the month. This is to avoid the Holdenby Food Fair which we are taking our unit to on 5th/6th September.

The new date is:
Sunday 13th September
 
JUL
10
Checkdrive Venue changed - from August 2015
  Important notice: We will now be holding our monthly checkdrives at Mereway Police Station, Mereway, Northampton NN4 8BE (turn into Mereway from Queen Eleanore roundabout, take 1st left (signed Police HQ), then take 1st left). Click here to see (map).

This is due to our old venue (Midsummer Meadow Car Park being closed for 12 months)
 
FEB
3
Checkdrive date changes - April and September
  Please note, due to competing events, both our April and September checkdrives have been moved to the second Sunday of the month. This is to avoid Easter which is the first weekend in April, and the Holdenby Food Fair which we are taking our unit to on 5th/6th September.

The new dates are:
Sunday 12th April
Sunday 13th September

 
FEB
1
IAM announces new Chief Executive
  The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has appointed Mrs. Sarah Sillars OBE, as its new Chief Executive Officer as of 5 February.

Sarah has a long and illustrious career within the automotive sector, having been CEO and Executive Chair of the Institute of the Motoring Industry (IMI). They made her an Honorary Fellow and Vice President on her departure in 2012.

Awarded Industry Personality of the Year 2004 and Outstanding Achievement Award 2006 by automotive magazines AM and Motor Trader respectively, Sarah was listed in the UK submotor industry’s most influential top ten.

In September 2008 Sarah was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award by Bodyshop Magazine in recognition of IMI’s work with ATA in the body repair sector.

She was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2008 for services to skills training and the retail motor industry. Sarah has more than 25 years of experience within the motor and retail industries, having begun her career with Marks & Spencer, managing stores in England and Wales and later as Operations Director at automotive management consultancy Anne Gray Associates.
 
FEB
1
Group Subscription Due for 2015
  sub It is that time again - our Group subscriptions are due. Our subs have remained at £10 for some years, and represent great value! You can download the forms here, including a standing order form.
 
JAN
7
CarKraft now booking for 2015
  posterCarKraft is an excellent FREE course to help drivers (and learner drivers) improve their driving. They have published the dates for the 2015 courses (22 March, 10 May, 20 September and 11 October).
The following is from CarKraft's website:
CarKraft is the premier, award winning driver experience, designed to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on Northamptonshire’s roads.
Originally designed for young drivers aged 17 to 24 and pre drivers it has become so successful that since 2012, CarKraft has evolved and expanded to include licence holders of all ages.
The courses are tailored specifically to impart a dynamic mix of workshops and driving challenges, set within the inspirational British Grand Prix venue and the home of British Motor Racing - Silverstone Circuit. The CarKraft tutors represent some of the most highly qualified motoring professionals, offering many years experience in both motor racing and advanced driving techniques. Part classroom based and part practical, participants experience first-hand the perils of adverse road conditions - driving on Silverstone’s state of the art, purpose built test facility.

For further information and to book your course, click here. Note, the courses become booked up very quickly! .
 
JAN
1
Scrapping of Driving licence paper counterfoil delayed
  The DVLA have delayed the scrapping of the paper counterfoil to the UK's photocard driving licence. Originally scheduled to be scrapped today, the new date is 8th June 2015. The reason given is that the technology to enable organisations such as us and car hire companies to check an individual's licence for points/disqualification, is not yet ready!
For further information, check the Government's website here .
 
 2014
DEC
1
National Winter Drink Driving campaign
  This year's winter anti drink/driving campaign has been launched and will run through to beyond Christmas. The following is from the THINK! website:
'In the last 50 years road casualties caused by drink driving have fallen dramatically, but in 2012, there were still 230 deaths due to drink driving – accounting for 13% of all road fatalities. By drinking and driving, you risk your life, those of your passengers and others on the road. Any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive. You risk a fine of up to £5,000, a minimum 12-month driving ban and a criminal record.' The website is well worth a visit: click here .
 
NOV
17
National Road Safety Week - "Look out for each other"
  This year’s theme is ‘look out for each other’ and is intended to encourage ALL road users to protect each other regardless of whether we are on foot, bicycle, two or four wheels. A simple lack of consideration and care can have awful consequences The charity Brake says ‘ In this year’s Road Safety Week (17-23 November 2014), we’re asking everyone to look out for each other on roads, because being selfish can easily lead to tragedy. We’ll be particularly calling on drivers to protect people on foot and bike by slowing down to 20 in communities, looking longer and taking it slow at junctions and bends, and giving people plenty of room. We’ll also call on everyone to put safety first and be considerate to one another, encouraging people on foot and bike to never take chances, and make sure they can be seen.’ .
 
NOV
6
Northampton Group win national award!
  Our Group won 3rd place in the national IAM Group Achievement award. The Group Achievement award is based on numerous criteria including pass rate, recruitment, publicity, newsletter, number of observers and membership. We are very happy to receive this award, the first in our 36 year history! .
 
OCT
1
UK Tax disc scrapped
  After 93 years UK drivers do not have to display a road tax disc in their windscreen. As of today (1st October) the tax disc has been scrapped. If you have a tax disc, you can remove it from your windscreen, although you do not have to! In future when your tax is due to be renewed, the DVLA says it will still send out reminders. From today, the vehicle's tax is linked to the driver. Therefore if you buy a used vehicle from today, you will need to renew the road tax regardless of any time remaining on the tax disc.
 
JUN
25
Northamptonshire Police's drink drive clampdown
  Northamptonshire Police are taking part in the nation sooner drink driving campaign. Throughout June, the force is taking part in a national campaign which is designed to reduce the number of people who die on Britain’s roads every year because of drink driving. Roadside checks carried out through June have so far resulted in a total of 32 people being charged with drink driving, 42 per cent fewer than this time last year. Sergeant Tony Hopkins, who is leading the campaign in Northamptonshire, said: “We are pleased with the way the operation is going. It’s clearly getting the drink-drive message across and it’s pleasing to see this year’s figures are lower than last year"
 
APR
6
Northampton Advanced Motorists signed up to easyfundraising.org.yk
  We have registered the Group as a 'cause' with easygiving.org.uk, which means that for each online purchase you make you can 'donate' to the Group. There are hundreds of well known retailers such as John Lewis, Next, Tesco and Ocado that are part of the scheme, and registration is free. Best of all the donation will not cost you anything! Go and sign up now! Further details see events
 
JAN
11
AGM - Dr John Bond OBE confirmed as Guest Speaker
  Dr John Bond OBE, the inventor of the technique to take fingerprints from metal, has been confirmed as our Guest Speaker for the AGM on Wednesday 9th April. His talk is 'Northamptonshire Police meet Perry Mason'. Further details see events
 
JAN
2
Northamptonshire Police - Operation Journey update
  [from www.northants.police.uk]. During Northamptonshire Police's Christmas drink drive campaign, during the month of December, 91 people were arrested and 68 charged. Out of those, 79 arrested and 60 charged were men and 16 arrested and 12 charged were between 17 and 24. Inspector Jen Helm said: "In the not too distant past, drink driving was almost tolerated in society but now it is increasing recognised as the reckless and unacceptable behaviour that it is." "Policing drink driving through enforcement, and raising awareness through education is only half the battle. Every friend, relative, or colleague who stopped a drunk or drugged driver getting into a car this Christmas potentially saved a life, or spared an innocent bystander serious injury. We will continue our fight against those that drink and drug drive and would like to thank those members of the public who in their own way are saving lives too."

To report a suspected drink drive in confidence, call the Drivewatch Hotline on 0800 174615, fill out the online form at www.northants.police.uk/drivewatch or if you think someone is drink or drug driving now, call 999.
 
 2013
DEC
all
Northamptonshire Police - Operation Journey
  [from www.northants.police.uk]. Since the launch of Northamptonshire Police’s annual drink drive campaign on Sunday 1 December, 309 people have been breathalysed, 25 arrested and 18 charged.

Inspector Jen Helm said: “Officers across the county are taking part in the Christmas operation day and night, to clamp down on offenders and prevent serious accidents and deaths on our roads. They are conducting tests and making arrests where necessary, as well as handing out leaflets and explaining what the operation is about. They are raising awareness and asking people to think before getting behind the wheel and plan ahead if they are planning on drinking. "

"Driving when you are over limit or on drugs affects your ability and can be fatal. Then there are other consequences which again, many may not realise. If you're convicted of drink driving you could go to prison, lose your job, lose your licence and be unable to visit certain countries. This isn't about stopping people having fun, it's about making sure that at no-one is missing a loved one as a result of drink or drug driving."

To report a suspected drink drive in confidence, call the Drivewatch Hotline on 0800 174615, fill out the online form at www.northants.police.uk/drivewatch or if you think someone is drink or drug driving now, call 999.
 
NOV
18
National Road Safety Week
  [from www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk]. We're all human: we daydream, get side-tracked, run late and make mistakes. But on roads, distractions can be fatal. When using roads, we all need to tune in to road safety and give it our full attention – particularly if we're at the wheel, but also when we're walking, cycling, skating, running, you name it – to keep ourselves and each other safe. Road Safety Week 2013 (18-24 Nov) focuses on the theme of tuning in to road safety and avoiding distractions, and we're appealing to communities and organisations around the UK to register now to help get this life-saving message out.
 
SEP
9
National Safety belt/Car seat awareness week
  This week (9th-15th September) is the national and European seat belt and car seat awareness week. Police forces up and down the country will be focussing efforts on educating people on the reasons for wearing seat belts. Try this excellent crash simulator produced by the Government so see the effect of not wearing a seat belt. You can change the type of car, number of passengers, speed and whether or not they are each wearing a seat belt. Well worth having a play.
 
SEP
3
Classroom sessions now available
  We have resumed our popular classroom sessions, which form an integral part of an Associate member's training. If you have not yet attended a classroom session e-mail Dee German
 
SEP
1
Autumn Newsletter published
  Our Autumn edition of our newsletter (no 100) has been published and sent to all of our Group members and guests. .
 
AUG
16
Warning - 'Cash for Flash' motoring insurance scam
  A new motoring insurance scam has started. Criminals flash their lights 'to let you out' of the side road, then they deliberately crash into you. It becomes your fault for 'pulling out' in front of them. The criminal gangs are targeting newer vehicles and/or vulnerable people such as the elderly or mothers with children in the car. Remember the Highway Code states 'Only flash your headlights to let other road users know that you are there. Do not flash your headlights to convey any other message or intimidate other road users.'.
 
AUG
16
Changes in UK road policing take effect today
  Significant changes to UK road policing begins today with police officers able to issue fixed penalty notices (£100 fine and 3 penalty points) for careless driving offences. These will include middle lane hogging, tail gating, and overtaking using an inside lane (e.g. undertaking). Read the official IAM release on our blog.
 
JUN
24
Group trained to deliver national IAM Modular Training
  Today, our Group received training by IAM (national) on the Modular sessions offered by IAM. These include lone/vulnerable person driving, motorway driving, vehicle technologies, and parking/manoeuvering. These modules are available via the national IAM site (www.iam.org.uk) and delivered locally to where you live.
 
JUN
5
Superintendent Andy Cox announced as new Group President
  Great news, Superintendent Andy Cox of Northamptonshire Police, has agreed to be our new president, succeeding Inspector Nigel Rickaby who stepped down due to retirement from the police. Superintendent Cox has a range of responsibilities, including Roads Policing.
 
MAY
8
Northampton Advanced Motorists Action Document 2013 now available
  We have analysed the results of our members questionnaire, and identified a number of recommendations for change. Following a special committee meeting on 29th April, we have agreed actions. Download a copy of the Action Document here.
 
APR
12
Northampton Advanced Motorists 35th Anniversary
  This year we celebrate our 35th Anniversary. Look out for our special anniversary events that we will be organising later in the year!
 
APR
11
New Website Launched
 
Our new website (www.northampton-iam.org.uk) has been launched today. It is this website, and any comments on how it can be improved would be gratefully received. Please use the contact form.
   
APR
2
AGM Guest Speaker Announced
  We are very pleased to confirm that Superintendent Dave Hill of Northamptonshire Police, is this year's guest speaker. Superintendent Hill is an excellent and very entertaining speaker, and should not be missed. the AGM is on 10th April 2013.

 

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