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Safety cameras

A recent change in the law regarding safety cameras allows mobile units to be used in a more proactive fashion than before and the Cumbrian Police have become the first to take full advantage of the altered rules � other forces are expected to follow their example.

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Their aim is to crack down on motorists who use local knowledge or detectors to slow down for fixed cameras, but then speed up again once they are passed the site. Fixed cameras have to be positioned where there is a history of accidents, whereas there is a more relaxed approach to mobile units. Apparently, the Cumbrian partnership�s plan is to create a climate of uncertainty among the motorists by placing camera vans in pairs, about one mile apart.

Since a change in ruling that meant a greater percentage of the revenue raised by safety cameras goes to the treasury, the march of fixed cameras has slowed somewhat and some of the country�s 38 camera partnerships have tended to opt for alternative approaches to the problem, including electronic signs that simply tell drivers to slow down.

However, where fixed cameras are still deployed, the original film operated units are quite rapidly being replaced with new digital versions. These are good news for the operating authorities, as the cameras automatically transfer the images to a processing centre, thereby overcoming the need for regular site visits.

There was a time when drivers speeding passed a fixed camera could breathe a sigh of relief if it did not flash � this meant either there were no innards to the camera, or it was out of film. That is no longer necessarily the case.

A survey of 500 motorists found that nearly two-thirds of drivers inflate their tyres at filling stations, and could therefore be putting their lives at risk by checking and setting the tyres when they�re already warm. The survey also established that the era of �free air� from garages is rapidly coming to an end, with many outlets now demanding some 20p for two minutes or 50p for three.

A good Christmas present? - A skill for life

Skill, control and thinking ahead

Advanced driving is not about slowing you down on the road. Its about helping you become better at predicting hazards and making your driving smoother, more controlled and ultimately safer. It�s also about using less fuel - saving you money and helping to save the environment by reducing CO2 emissions.

So how do I become an advanced driver?

By taking the IAM�s Skill for Life programme. This is delivered by a nationwide network of IAM Groups, each run by volunteers.

All you have to do is get in touch with your local IAM Group who will help you plan a personal learning programme and guide you through the steps leading to the teat.

Once you achieved the required standard you can arrange to take the Advanced Driving Test,

How much will it cost?

Because the IAM is a registered charity we only seek to recover our costs.

Your initial assessment, observed runs, the Test and Associate�s fee (valid 1 year) costs only �85 - or �75 for those aged 25 and under.

Are there any additional benefits?

Yes. As an IAM associate you�ll be entitled to a wide range of benefits including discounts on AA b r e a k d o w n c o v e r , windscreen repairs, tyre replacement and car hire.

You�ll also receive regular issues of our Advanced Driving magazine. In addition, once you become a member on passing the Advanced Driving Test you�ll be able to benefit from competitive insurance quotes.

Can I enrol on the Skills for Life programme?

If you have held a full UK driving licence for three months or more and you have no more than eleven penalty points you can prepare for the Advanced Driving Test, learn to save money and fuel - and ultimately contribute to road safety.

Please note at the time of taking the test you must have no more than eight penalty points on your licence. There is no age limit. We firmly believe that you�re never too young or too old to be more in touch with road safety.

Is there a faster route to the test?

Yes. If time is limited, IAM Fast Track - a programme which aims to prepare drivers for the Advanced Test in a matter of weeks could be the answer.

Fast Track includes and intensive one-to-one roadbased training course with a specialist instructor, the Test, and Associates fee (valid for 1 year) - all for �320.

We recommend that Fast Track is taken over two half-days Alternatively it can, by arrangement, be taken in one whole day, if this would be more convenient.

www.iam.org.uk
  • MATLOCK
  • (Derwent and Hope Valleys)
  • Group of Advanced Motorists
  • IAM Group No. 4191
  • Tel 01629 812732