Inform: Weekly News - Issue 270

Inform: Weekly News
Issue 270: 30 October 2019

News for Group Chairs, Group Secretaries, Treasurers, Chief Observers, Group Committee Members, Examiners, National and Local Observers and all active Group Officials
Business news
Copyright of images and photographs

A picture can express a thousand words, they say. However, it’s important to be aware of the copyright laws when choosing images and photographs for use on social media, websites and any other marketing material. Photographs, illustrations and other images are generally protected by copyright. Images that are copied or shared must have the correct permissions. Substantial fees or fines can be payable if an unlicensed image is used. When searching for suitable images on the internet, it can be hard to know whether an image is subject to copyright. Even if you think you have downloaded a copyright-free image, it may need to be credited to the original owner – and finding the original source can sometimes be difficult.
To minimise the risk of breaching copyright, groups are advised to:
  • Use photographs and images supplied to the group or taken on behalf of the group, where the individual photographer / image creator has given copyright permission to the group.
  • Ensure those who appear in photographs for publicity and promotions know the purpose for which the image will be used and have given written consent to that use. This needs to be kept on file.
  • Source stock images from a reputable image library service, such as Shutterstock, iStock or Getty Images which all provide access to royalty free images at affordable prices.
If you’d like to know more about copyright and how it may affect your choice of picture or image, the Intellectual Property Office has produced a helpful guide to copyright. To read the guide, please click here.
Join our expanding team of trainers
Passionate about road safety? Interested in changing behaviour and making a difference to safer roads? IAM RoadSmart is one of the largest providers delivering Drink Drive Rehabilitation Courses across England and Wales and it is looking for contract trainers to deliver classroom based courses in the Greater Manchester, Kent and London areas. These courses offer convicted drink-drivers a reduction in their ban following successful completion. You will be responsible for delivering a quality programme, ensuring that the objectives of both clients and IAM RoadSmart are met. The following link will give you more information about the course If you are interested please submit your CV to Sarah Fisk, IAM RoadSmart driver education and development manager, by emailing or call her on 07703 718900 for an initial and informal chat. To read more about this opportunity and the experience required please click here.
Are you interested in becoming a member of the
Local Group Engagement Committee?

As mentioned in Issue 268 of Inform we are looking for new members of the Local Group Engagement Committee, previously known as the Strategy Group. If you’re interested, please email for the terms of reference and application form. The closing date is Monday 4 November, with interviews scheduled for the end of November/early December.
Trustee position as chair of Finance and Audit Committee

We are seeking to appoint a trustee as chair of the Finance and Audit Committee to lead the committee in all aspects of its work and to effectively manage the affairs of the Finance and Audit Committee and ensure that it is properly organised and functions efficiently. We welcome applications from individuals with senior management and leadership experience ideally with expertise in finance, accounting and auditing and experience of committee work and chairing meetings. Previous experience as a trustee and/or company director will be an advantage. This role is required to commit to regular board meetings held at our office in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire or in London. It is unremunerated, although expenses will be paid for attendance at meetings. Candidates are invited to submit their CV and covering letter to by Friday 15 November. Interviews will be held at end November.

Tips and blog
This week's blog: Un-clog our
roads the Dutch way

IAM RoadSmart’s marketing manager, Gary Bates, recently visited Amsterdam and noticed some quirky transport solutions. Read his blog to find out how the Netherlands uses cyclists paths, and learn more about microcars. Read more by clicking here.
This week's tips:
Halloween driving

Tomorrow is Halloween and with that comes trick or treating and parties. Remember, there will be a lot more children in residential areas tomorrow evening, so take extra care whilst driving or riding. Richard Gladman, IAM RoadSmart head of driving and riding standards, has written some tips on how to keep you safe this Halloween. Click here to read more.
Group news
York Advanced Motorists give check drives to residents
York Advanced Motorists has recently been giving check drives to residents of the Hartrigg Oaks Residential Home near Haxby, in York. The observer team from York Advanced Motorists is pictured above. A very good morning was had by all. Supplied by John Farley
Suffolk Advanced Motorcyclists
reach milestone

Suffolk Advanced Motorcyclists is celebrating a highly successful year. The group's publicity team has been hard at work promoting the IAM RoadSmart Advanced Rider Course, and preparing riders from SERV Suffolk and Cambridgeshire for the IAM RoadSmart advanced riding test. Thanks to the team's efforts, Suffolk Advanced Motorcyclists has now reached the landmark of 300 members. Supplied by Mike Roberts
Swindon Advanced Motorists thank David Grey
Swindon Advanced Motorists is proud to recognise David Grey. David has been a member of IAM RoadSmart for 29 years, and he has been with the group as an observer since April 2006. David has stepped down from observing, so after such dedication the group wanted to recognise his contribution with a special plaque. Graham Mearns, chairman and national observer, (left) presents David (right) with the plaque. SAM is also proud to present certificates at its group nights. Congratulations to Stephen Giles (observer; Chris Gleed), and to Joanna Oakley (observer; David Douch) and Robert Hacker for both achieving a F1RST (observer Pete Crockett). Congratulations to all. Supplied by Jane Curtis
SAMM partners with
RAF Shawbury

Shropshire Advanced Motorists and Motorcyclists has always worked closely with Biker Down and the Safer Roads Partnership. SAMM has now developed a working partnership with RAF Shawbury, the national training headquarters for RAF Helicopter Training. RAF Shawbury has allowed their £40 million training facility to be used to promote and develop Biker Down as well as promoting the IAM RoadSmart Advanced Rider Course. At a recent event SAMM worked with Biker Down and RAF Shawbury to put another 25 motorcyclists through the Biker Down course, which included a SAMM devised ‘Slow Riding’ course. This year SAMM has sold approximately 50 Advanced Rider Courses through Bike 4 Life and BikeSafe. Supplied by Steve Ellis
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Let's connect
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