IAM RoadSmart is pleased to announce that motorcycle observed rides can resume from Monday 15 June, in England.
This decision has been taken in line with the recent government announcement that non-essential shops can re-open from this date in England and our view that this opens the way for non-essential trips. Groups in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland should continue to follow the rules as they apply in their nation.
Observed rides will be offered first to those Associates who have already started their coaching or purchased a course and been allocated to a group.
IAM RoadSmart group rides can also resume from Monday 1 June in England where six people will be allowed to meet outdoors, as long as social distancing is still observed.
Advanced Motorcycle tests will resume in England from Monday 6 July.
In support of this easing of the current restrictions on motorcycle observed rides and group rides, the Area Service Delivery Managers (ASDMs) will be returning to work from Monday 8 June.
In preparation for a return to observed rides, all group members, Observers and Examiners are requested to:
These arrangements are based on the latest government guidance for England. Some observers, examiners or associates will have their own personal reasons for remaining inactive at this time. If any party has concerns, an observed ride or test must not be carried out.
The new guidelines reflect feedback from the recent survey of groups about preparing to return to business. ASDMs will work with groups and examiners from Monday 8 June to make sure we deliver coaching and tests safely.
Observed drives for associates working towards the advanced driving test are being kept under regular review but at this time, it is not possible to re-start this on-road activity and maintain compliance with the government’s social distancing rules.
Richard Gladman said: “We are delighted to be able to start providing on-road coaching once more, but personal safety still has to be our number one priority. We are grateful to all our motorcycle groups, Observers and Examiners for their continued patience.
“As we start to resume on-road activity, I urge everyone to remember they are an ambassador for motorcycling, IAM RoadSmart and our commitment to improving road safety.”
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