Within the past few days, two of our observers, Andy Pratt, who is also our treasurer and Dave Cranswick have passed their examinations to become National Observers.
A clear system of qualifications is part of the general policy of the IAM to raise and assure the quality of the instruction offered to Associates with consistent standards throughout the country. The standard that they have achieved meets the rigorous requirements of the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI). Andy and Dave have had to demonstrate their skills both having the quality of their riding rigorously assessed and showing that they demonstrate their ability to observe and assess the examiners own riding.
I am sure all members would like me say ‘congratulations’ to both members and to thank them for the time they put helping the biking community ride more safely and enjoyably. This message also gives me the chance to thank our Chief Observer, Bob Hill, for the way that he has encouraged Andy and Dave, offering them his own considerable experience and support. IAM Roadsmart is moving to a system when, next year, all observers must complete a qualification before they undertake helping associate prepare for the Skills for Life assessment. Bobs leadership and enthusiasm is putting us on track to achieve this.
A big pat on the back to everyone who is helping Harrogate Advanced Bikes make its fullest contribution to safe riding in our region to which I add my personal thanks.
Chair, Harrogate Advanced Bikes