Covid 19 - Message for Associates

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Covid 19 - Message for Associates

Post by les.snelgrove » Tue Mar 24, 2020 12:35 pm

Dear WaBAM Associate

There has now been a clear statement from government that travel must be limited to essential journeys only. IAM RoadSmart has issued the following statement . . . . .

The priority must be for IAM RoadSmart and all our groups to contribute fully to efforts to minimise the spread of the virus nationwide and maintain the health and safety of all staff, members, associates, examiners and customers.

Therefore with immediate effect, groups are required to:
• Stop all observed runs for associates, both in cars and on motorcycles
• Stop all meetings and social gatherings, including AGMs, ride-outs and recruitment activity

Advanced driving and riding tests and assessments remain suspended until further notice as are all re-qualifications for Local Observer Assessors, National Observers, Fellows and Masters.

Where associates’ membership expires, we will extend their membership, at no additional cost, for up to a further six months to enable all associates to complete their coaching and take their test without disadvantage. Each associate should contact our Customer Care team by emailing support@iam.org.uk or calling 0300 303 1134 only when they have received their membership renewal notice.

Here at WaBAM we plan to investigate how best to support Associates with their development during this and potential future periods of lock-down, and we will get back to you on this. In the meantime, we suggest you keep in touch with your observer and if you have some spare time, have a read of your Associate Handbook and the Highway Code. If you’re using your bike for those essential journeys, it’s an ideal opportunity to practice your pre-ride checks. If not, maybe the P in POWDERS can temporarily stand for ‘Polish’ 😉.

If you have any questions regarding the above, please do not hesitate to contact me. The WaBAM Forum and Facebook page are both still in full swing, so please keep an eye on these for news.

Best wishes and stay safe.

Les Snelgrove (Associate Coordinator)