Membership by Exemption

At IAM RoadSmart, we recognise the best drivers and riders who already hold selected qualifications and invite them to become a member without having to take our Advanced Test.

We welcome professional drivers and riders from a range of backgrounds, including those from the emergency services and institutions such as RoSPA. Read on to find out more about membership by exemption.

Help make a difference to road safety

As a professional driver or rider, your skills and knowledge already help to keep the roads safe. Whether you are responding to emergency situation, expertly driving a large military vehicle, or hold an existing qualification from another institutions, your skills will be right are home at IAM RoadSmart.

Members of IAM RoadSmart are passionate about road safety, and your knowledge is invaluable in helping other's understand how to moderate their behaviours and attitudes to become better drivers and riders.

We have a growing number of IAM RoadSmart members who are emergency service professional, or who hold qualifications from other institutions. Your existing on-road training can be used to help educate other road users, and you membership will assist us in our mission to reduce road traffic collisions across the UK.

We recognise over 50 qualifications

Membership by Exemption provides you with an alternative route to becoming a full IAM RoadSmart member. You are already an established driving or riding professional, so you don't need to pass our Advanced Test. 

These are the same attributes we look for in Advanced Drivers and Riders. In our eyes, if you have reached the required career skills qualifications, you are already at the standard required to be an Advanced Driver or Rider and a Member of IAM RoadSmart.

Don't see your qualification listed? Give us a call to check if you qualify: 0300 303 1134

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Why become a member?

There are many reasons why joining IAM RoadSmart is a great opportunity. As well as being part of a charity that is actively working towards making the roads safer for everyone, you’ll have the opportunity to share your own knowledge as an expert driver or rider and make a direct contribution to the safety of UK roads. Some benefits of membership by exemption include:

The opportunity to become an Observer or Examiner and help deliver our Advanced Driver and Rider courses

The opportunity to join your local group for social activities with like-minded individuals

Priority ticket access to our popular circuit-based skills days – a chance to further develop your skills with qualified instructors

The knowledge that you are helping to make a difference in your local community by creating safer drivers and riders

Dealership discounts for personal vehicles

Join today and skip the test

You can become a full IAM RoadSmart member without the test for £39 per year. 

If you hold one of our recognised qualifications, please choose the type of exemption membership that matches your qualification. Once you purchase your membership and provide proof of your qualifications as an expert driver or rider, you'll join us as a full IAM RoadSmart member.

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"I became a member by exemption having successfully passed my Advanced car and motorcycle grades during my Police service back in the late 1990’s. Keen to pass on what I had learnt; I have been an IAM RoadSmart member ever since! I’ve taken the role of examiner for car and bike taking regular tests; the next steps for me are the Masters Mentor and National Observers Assessor role. I regularly speak to local groups and have found IAM RoadSmart a dependable in-depth product, delivered by passionate people with an overall desire to raise the standards of riding and driving."

- Lee Daish

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"Having retired from the Police I became the Advanced Motorcycle trainer for Avon and Somerset Police. I felt the connection between what I try and achieve with my students and the aims of the IAM RoadSmart in relation to safety for all road-users. After becoming a member, I competed the observer qualification which felt a similar role to what I was used to.

I am motivated to support IAM RoadSmart where possible. As well as completing the observer qualification I have attended skills days, working alongside many IAM RoadSmart employees. We can always learn from others, and I am keen to become more involved in the not-too-distant future. You benefit greatly from being part of IAM RoadSmart."

- Mark Cory

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Come and see us!

We are extremely proud to work with and support other organisations such as POLFED and the British Firefighter Charity. Regularly attending events and offering help and support as we all try to make the roads in the UK a safer place.

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Who are IAM RoadSmart?

We are an independent road safety organisation and registered charity. Our financial support is provided by our 82,000 strong membership. Your annual subscription helps support our valuable work in promoting driving and riding safety.

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Don't have the qualifications to join via exemption?

You can still become a member of IAM RoadSmart by going on one of our Advanced Driver or Rider courses. A great way to develop your road skills, meet like-minded people and help us reduce collisions and serious accidents on our roads.

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