Membership by Exemption

At IAM RoadSmart, we welcome professional drivers and riders from a range of backgrounds, including those from the emergency services and institutions such as RoSPA. We recognise that they already hold selected driving or riding qualifications and that is why we have removed our membership entry requirements for them. They can become IAM RoadSmart members without the need to pass our Advanced Driver or Rider test.

Help make a difference to road safety

As a professional driver or rider, your skills and knowledge already help to keep the roads safe. Whether you are responding to emergency situations, expertly driving a large military vehicle, or holding an existing qualification from another institution, your skills will be right at home at IAM RoadSmart.

By joining IAM RoadSmart you become part of a community of like-minded people – drivers and riders – who work together to make the roads a better and safer place. Your knowledge and experience will be invaluable in helping others understand how to become better drivers and riders.

Recognised Qualifications

In order to apply for membership by exemption you just need to buy the relevant membership product and when asked, send us proof of your driving or riding qualifications. You can find a list of recognised qualifications below.

If yours aren’t listed, please get in touch as we may still be able to honor your professional training:

  • Email us at
  • Or call us on 0300 303 1134
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Why become a member?

There are many reasons why joining IAM RoadSmart is a great opportunity. As well as being part of a charity that is actively working towards making the roads safer for everyone, you’ll have the opportunity to share your own knowledge as an expert driver or rider and make a direct contribution to the safety of UK roads. Additionally, your membership will give you the following benefits:

Our RoadSmart magazine full of stories, motoring world news and insights, advanced driving and riding tips, IAM RoadSmart campaigns and research, and other exciting features

Monthly e-newsletters with blogs, press releases, opinion polls, competitions and member offers

Opportunity to join a local group, enjoying social activities with like-minded people

Access to exclusive member discounts and offers

Opportunity to become an IAM RoadSmart volunteer, for example an Observer or Examiner and help deliver our courses

Member-only events and priority access to our Skills Days

Access to further skills development, such as the Masters’ course

Access to ‘Our Community’ page with stories and other information celebrating our members and volunteers, and opportunity to contribute your own content

Membership fee

The current annual membership fee is only £43*, payable once a year by Direct Debit or debit/credit card (online or over the phone). Every year we will send you a membership renewal reminder before your expiry date.

Apply now by choosing the relevant membership product:

*Membership fees are set by members at the Annual General Meeting so they are subject to change once a year or less often. 

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"I became a member by exemption having successfully passed my Advanced car and motorcycle grades during my Police service back in the late 1990s. Keen to pass on what I had learnt; I have been an IAM RoadSmart member ever since! I’ve taken the role of examiner for car and bike taking regular tests; the next steps for me are the Masters Mentor and National Observers Assessor role. I regularly speak to local groups and have found IAM RoadSmart a dependable in-depth product, delivered by passionate people with an overall desire to raise the standards of riding and driving."

- Lee Daish

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"Having retired from the Police I became the Advanced Motorcycle trainer for Avon and Somerset Police. I felt the connection between what I try and achieve with my students and the aims of the IAM RoadSmart in relation to safety for all road users. After becoming a member, I completed the observer qualification which felt like a similar role to what I was used to. I am motivated to support IAM RoadSmart where possible. As well as completing the observer qualification I have attended skills days, working alongside many IAM RoadSmart employees. We can always learn from others, and I am keen to become more involved in the not-too-distant future. You benefit greatly from being part of IAM RoadSmart."

- Mark Cory

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Who are IAM RoadSmart?

We are an independent road safety organisation and registered charity. Our financial support is provided by our 77,800 strong membership. Your annual subscription helps support our valuable work in promoting driving and riding safety.

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Don't have the qualifications to join via exemption?

You can still become a member of IAM RoadSmart by going on one of our Advanced Driver or Rider courses. A great way to develop your road skills, meet like-minded people and help us reduce collisions and serious accidents on our roads.

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