Frequently Asked Questions

We have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions.  Please click on a question to see the answer.

I’ve been told that I should place my foot down at a stop sign is this right?

To fully comply with the law the wheels must stop revolving behind the stop line, there is no requirement for you to place your foot on the ground.

Please see Common Confusions Document (Point 26) – in our Document Library.

Isn’t Advanced Riding all about going fast?

No, it’s all about making SAFE, SMOOTH, SYSTEMATIC progress within the given conditions. That may well result in you reaching your destination quicker but certainly you will be more relax when you get there!

How much does it all cost?

For a full years membership of CAM,+ a full years membership of the IAM + the IAM Test fee + the guidance, up to test ready status from CAM’s Observers:

  • all this for the ridiculously small amount of £149.00
  • the only additional cost is a small contribution towards your observers running costs (currently £10.00 per observed run).

If you would like to join as a Full Member then the cost for CAM is only

  • £17 pa, but you must also be a fully paid up member of the IAM.
  • This costs £35.50 pa or £32.00 if by direct debit or on line by debit card.

Why is it so cheap? I have always thought you only get what you pay for

Because both CAM and the IAM are registered charities, and are non profit making organisations we can get away with such a small fee.
Everyone is an unpaid volunteer, who gives up his or her time and effort because they believe in what they are doing, and want to make the roads safer for everyone.

How long will all this take?

Normally we would look to run about six observed runs on average. However, everyone is different and if we think you are ready beforehand then that is fine.
Likewise if you need a few more observed rides then that is also fine.
What we do ask however is that you endeavour to take the Test within a year of joining CAM.

Is my bike good enough? It’s not the most modern bike on the road!

All we ask of your machine is that it is road legal, and that it is capable of sustaining the National Speed Limit where appropriate.

Who are these Observers you keep mentioning?

They are people just like you. They have taken the IAM Test and passed, and then made the decision to give something back into the system. They have taken additional training to become Qualified Observers and they are all unpaid volunteers.
We would also be more than happy to accept any offer of help that you might want to make!

You can see who our Observers are here

I am already a full member of the IAM can I join?

If you are a Motorcycle full member of the IAM then you may join straight away as a full member of CAM, and be most welcome.
We would also be more than happy to get to accept any offer of help that you might want to make.

I don’t want to take the Test, but I would like to help in some way, what could I do?

If you are a Motorcycle full member of the IAM then you may join straight away as a full member of CAM, and be most welcome.

We would also be more than happy to accept any offer of help that you might want to make.

Is there any system to continue my training after obtaining my Advanced qualification?

We have been aware for some time that there are Full Members who wish to continue to develop their riding skills post IAM test but don’t want to become an observer or sign up for the IAM Masters Programme.  In response to this we are able to offer our members the CAM Continuing Ride Development Programme which is available by application to Tim Collins of the Training Support Group.

This would entail a check ride with a qualified observer who would then together with the member agree a personal development programme. This would see the on-going development of the riders skills to a higher advanced level.