Plymouth & District Advanced Motorists
Affiliated to the Institute of Advanced Motorists (Group 1134)

Latest Group News...updated on Monday, May 23, 2022.

Training scheme seeks to elevate standards of towing safety - Road Safety GB news article with information about the new DVSA training scheme. Click here.
  Vision Zero South West - Road Safety Partnership working to stop all fatal and serious collisions in Devon & Cornwall by 2040.
  First 20mph speed camera in Plymouth has already detected 23,500 speeding motorists - before being switched on! The bi-directional camera system on Old Laira Road is due to go live on Monday 9th May. Click here for full article from Plymouth Live.
  As many of you know Roger J is currently unable to carry out the role as Chairman of the group. Therefore Roger Riddle has kindly offered to be our acting Chairman up to but no later than 2023’s AGM. If Roger J can come back Roger R will stand down but it is emphasised that Roger Jewell remains as our Chairman. The EGM, at May’s Group Meeting, has ratified Roger Riddle as Acting Chairman. Geoff Wilkins and Graham Lamb have also joined the Committee.
  Changes to the law regarding the use of mobile phones from today (25th March). Click here for more information from GOV.UK.
  Tavistock Road due to return to 40mph speed limit from Manadon (Outland Road) to Derriford Roundabout, but beware, there will still be 30mph sections!!
  • The stretch between Derriford Roundabout (including the roundabout itself) and Runway Road, will remain at 30mph, as it is a single carriageway with cycle lanes, as well as pedestrian measures introduced as part of the Derriford Transport Scheme. The council has said the 30mph speed limit has "also helped to address earlier issues turning into and out of Powisland Drive".
  • The inbound side from Derriford Roundabout (including the roundabout itself) to Charlton Road, will also remain at 30mph, as recommended by a safety audit for the upcoming junction improvement scheme at Charlton Road.

  • Full 'Plymouth Live' article here. Don't rely on your SatNav, not sure how GPS can handle different speed limits, in opposite directions, on the same road.
      New speed cameras on Old Laira Road 20mph section. Click here for Plymouth Live article.

    Tougher mobile phone law to be introduced on 25 March 2022. Click here for more information.


    National Highways campaign urges drivers to use the two-second rule. Click here for more information.

      New DVLA campaign highlights the risks for drivers who evade vehicle tax. Click here.
      Changes to The Highway Code came into force on 29th January 2022. Please click here for more information from IAMRS and GOV.UK. There are also several videos on YouTube giving details of these changes and their respective opinions. Changes to the Highway Code.
      Road Safety GB - National Conference 2022 - click here for more details about content, costs and bookings.
      The introduction of contraflow lanes on 14 one-way streets in Plymouth. Click here for more information.
      IAMRoadSmart price increase from 1st April 2022. The Advanced Driver Course (ADC) will increase from £149 to £175. Ongoing full, annual membership will increase by £1 to £39, if paying by Direct Debit, or to £43 if paying by Credit/Debit card or Cheque.
      If your Associate Membership is expiring soon, and you receive your renewal letter from IAM RoadSmart, please contact Roger Jewell to arrange an extension.

    Debunking the myths about electric vehicles - click here for more information.

      Driver warned about changes to Motorway cameras. Click here for more information.
      Death on the A38 - is it time to make it 50mph? Article published by Plymouth Live.
      Insurance, 12 things you need to know - see Money Saving Expert for more information.
      10 ways to invalidate your car insurance! Click here for more information. (5/10/21)
      Towing a trailer/caravan - changes to the law coming later in 2021. Click here for details from GOV.UK.
      IAMRoadSmart has negotiated a 30% discount with The Stationary Office (TSO) for on-line access to Roadcraft. Available through a link with IAMRS’s shop. Discounts are also available on other TSO and DVSA publications.
      Using headphones whilst driving can be distracting. Click here for more information from Driver Training.

    Changes to 16 of Plymouth's major junctions you need to know about; click here for more information.

      Following the change to our Newsletter printing arrangements, the Privacy Notice has been amended. Please click the Privacy Notice link on the left to view the change. (Page 2, para 10)
      New Safe Driving for Life from DVLA. Click here for more information.
      Shocking results from study reveal that four million drivers have fallen asleep behind the wheel. Click here for IAMRS article.
      None for the road – Myths of drink driving - click here for IAMRS 'blog'.
      Automated and Autonomous Vehicles – What have they got to do with advanced driving? Click here to find out.
      Petrol is changing to E10. DVLA have announced that standard petrol will change from E5 to E10. Click here for more information from DVLA.
      Emergency Alerts - a new service to be introduced by GOV.UK during the Summer of 2021. Click here for more information.
      e-Scooters riders in Plymouth told to stop or face arrest and court. Click here for full PlymouthLive report.
      The Highway Code - get the latest updates, 2015 onwards - click here

    Share the IAM RoadSmart video on driver assistance technology​​​​​​​...

    Do you know anyone who finds driver assistance technology in cars confusing? Our new video, featuring IAM RoadSmart’s Rebecca Ashton and Tim Shallcross, which is designed for a non-advanced driver audience, offers tips and guidance that they may find helpful. 'Click here'.

      IPSGA video from IAMRoadSmart. Click here.
      'The Dangers of using a Mobile Phone behind the Wheel' - a useful guide from Daren Felton.
      Dead? or Dead Slow - British Horse Society (BHS) campaign to improve road safety between vehicles and horses. Find out how to deal with these encounters. Please see 'You Tube' video at and visit the BHS web site at for more information.
      Blue Light Aware - see the video so that you know what to do when encountering Emergency Vehicles. Part of this video was filmed on the A388 between Carkeel and Hatt. There are also two training videos that are worth viewing, but please don't try this in your car! Blue Light Training Video 1, Blue Light Training Video 2.
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