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Chairman’s Chatter

Posted on 09/04/16 |

A final reminder – any takers to save the 2007 Driver’s RoadCraft editions that we still have from the recycling bin?  If anyone would like a copy please contact me at

IAM RoadSmart have published a couple of videos on Youtube which should be of interest to everyone, though some of you may have already seen them on social media.

The first is on understanding Stopping Distances at;

The second is on Observation, Anticipation and Planning at;

You may also be interested in viewing other videos on the IAM RoadSmart YouTube Channel

Bailey williams Young Driver

One of our younger Observers, Bailey Williams aged 21, is a very keen driver who has not only passed the coveted Bolton Group Diploma Course, but has also passed his IAM RoadSmart Masters test.  But that isn’t the end of his successes.  Having entered for the International Best Young Driver  competition through IAM RoadSmart, Bailey has reached the final selection stage for the UK entrant.  Bailey is pictured in the centre of the back row whilst undertaking tests at Williams Formula 1 Innovation Centre in Oxfordshire. 

From the 12 finalists, two winners will be jetting off to Madrid for the international finals in October.  These winners will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the CIRCUITO DEL JARAMA near Madrid, where they could be pitting their driving skills against teams of young drivers from across Europe, with the ultimate prize being a VIP FIA Motorsport racing experience!  Good luck Bailey, brilliant that you have reached this stage, and we are all hoping that you get to Madrid – and win. 

There was an interesting article in the Bolton News at the end of July, commenting that Bolton has lost more than 200 taxis over the last two years, according to government figures.  Tell me, is that number just for Bolton licensed taxi’s – or does it include all the licence plates which are issued in Wolverhampton (my neck of the woods) and operating in this area.  Can anyone tell me why someone would travel 100 miles to Wolverhampton to get a taxi licence plate?

Roy Sammons