Institute of Advanced Motorists

Number of drivers fined for illegally using mobile phones drop by a quarter

Road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) says that more police resources need to be devoted to catching drivers who illegally use hand-held mobile phones at the wheel. The appeal comes as the BBC reveals that the number of motorists receiving penalty points for the offence in England and Wales fell by 24 per cent last year.

Britain's most terrifying speeding revealed: 128mph in a 30mph zone

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has released figures demonstrating the criminal recklessness of some drivers who ignore speed limits — including one caught at almost 100mph over the limit on an urban street.

The unnamed driver was clocked by a speed camera piloting a Porsche at 128mph on the A22 London Road in the West Sussex town of East Grinstead. The single carriageway road is in many places lined with houses and shops, and has a cycle lane for some of its length.

Include cycling awareness in driving test, says IAM

Just passing the driving test doesn't equip young drivers to use the roads, says the Institute of Advanced Motorists. The charity wants to see a wider range of driving conditions included in the test, along with more about cycling.

The IAM is calling for the UK driving test to be revamped to make it more relevant to the real world risks that young drivers face. 

IAM calls for road safety to be part of National Curriculum

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has called for traffic education to be part of the National Curriculum, in an effort to cut the numbers of young people killed and injured on UK roads.

The IAM’s Road Safety Manifesto has ‘reducing young driver risk’ as one of its central aims. The first part of the manifesto calls for road safety education to be part of the curriculum.

96mph in a 30 limit & 149mph on a motorway: figures reveal insane speeding on roads of England & Wales

The fastest speeding motorist recorded in England and Wales in the last 12 months was doing over twice the speed limit on the M25 at Swanley, according to figures obtained by the Institute of Advanced Motorists.

More worrying for cyclists were the drivers caught on camera doing twice and in one case three times the limit on A and B roads.

Eighty-five percent of police authorities responded to the IAM’s freedom of information request asking for details of the fastest speeds recorded by cameras between April 2013 and May 2014.

More than 8000 drivers have 12 or more points on their licence - and are still allowed on the roads

More than 8000 drivers in the UK have 12 or more points on their licence - despite an official upper limit of 12 before a driver faces disqualification.

A total of 14 UK drivers have more than 25 points - all of them men.

In fact the gender imbalance is very pronounced: of the top 99 licence point holders, just fourteen are women; 2256 men are still driving with more than 12 points on their licence, and 351 women are still driving with more than 12 points their licence.

Sentences for dangerous, drunk, and careless driving getting lighter

It seems the CTC isn't the only body that's noticed deadly drivers getting off lightly. But while the evidence was largely anecdotal till now, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has obtained the hard numbers via a Freedom of Information request. 

IAM runs poll on cycle helmet compulsion, plus how cyclists' safety can be improved

Road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) is currently running a poll on its website that seeks to assess cyclists’ views on the issue of helmet compulsion. It’s a topical subject for the poll, given the recent Private Member’s bill introduced to the Northern Ireland Assembly that seeks to make the wearing of cycle helmets compulsory in the Province.

Institute of Advanced Motorists launches membership scheme for cyclists

On the same day that national cyclists’ organisation CTC said that growth in the number of cyclists lay behind a rise in the number of casualties among riders, road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has been in touch to let us know details of their newly-launched cyclist membership scheme.

IAM urges road users to make brushing up on skills a priority in 2011

Road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) is urging road users to forgo new year’s resolutions they may find impossible to keep and instead focus on small changes that will lead to them enjoying the road more and help improve safety.

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