Carmarthen and West Wales Advanced Motorists

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Welcome to the Carmarthen and West Wales Advanced Motorists website



Roy joined our group in 2004. Around this time the group was at a low ebb and as chairman he was instrumental in resurrecting it together with Dylan Jones. Roy made us into a strong group with just over 90 drivers and motorcyclists on our books at the start of 2021. He also brought motorcyclists into the group, because at that time it was only cars. He persuaded the group to meet in Carmarthen, which was more central to our area. They also gave talks & slide shows to groups such as Women’s Institutes. Dylan tells me that Roy loved talking to such groups.

He was one of our longest serving members, with only a handful of members who joined before him still being on our books today.

Roy was a Senior Observer with a passion for road safety. He passed his IAM tests in car and bike. Members of the committee will know how dedicated he was to all aspects of IAM driving standards, not being afraid to argue his case with IAM in London.

Together with Dylan, he joined RoSPA and they both attained a RoSPA gold standard.

Roy also had many other interests.

He played the clarinet with a traditional Welsh folk group.

He enjoyed the countryside as well as fishing and shooting and all aspects of nature and country crafts.

Photography was another interest, also repairing and improving things, plus woodwork and craftwork.

He didn’t have a T.V. but did have a radio. He was an avid reader of all subjects, including Celtic, Native North American, Oriental and Eastern folklores. He also had a very good knowledge about news and current affairs.

A love of his indoor plants was another hobby.

Roy loved meeting people and would pass on knowledge where he could.

Discussions with him were lively and interesting and he didn’t have time to be bored.

Members have told me that as well as being an excellent chairman,

Roy will be remembered as a true gentleman.

Ralph Carpenter Membership Secretary

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Coronavirus Impact on IAM Roadsmart and its Affiliated Groups

Just a few short weeks ago, we were looking forward to the start of the busiest part of the year for IAM RoadSmart and its 182 local groups as the days got longer and the opportunities to recruit and coach new associates to advanced driving and riding standards usually begin in earnest.

What none of us could have known then was how quickly Coronavirus would overtake our efforts to make roads across the UK safer through driver education and training.

Looking back over the last few weeks I am filled with pride for the way everyone – staff and members – have pulled together and how the IAM RoadSmart community has stepped up, as one, to the incredible challenge facing our whole country.

Through an extraordinary team effort, we are keeping our charitable mission on the road, continuing to spread the word about the importance of road safety and the part every driver and rider can play in reducing the number of people who die and are injured on our roads each year.  

Exceptional times call for exceptional measures. Staff and members have adapted with equal enthusiasm to a world where we all keep in touch over video conferencing, socialise with our family and friends online and use social media to keep sharing our road safety message.

I take my hat off to all those groups who are using video conferencing to continue holding regular committee meetings, AGMs and social events. I congratulate all those who are holding webinars for associates to keep their journey to advanced driver or rider status ticking over. To those who are using regular e-newsletters to keep in touch and looking ahead to a time when we can all enjoy some restored freedoms, I salute you.

Many of our members are among those who are currently on the frontline of the fight against Coronavirus and we are grateful to you for all your dedication and hard work in these extremely challenging circumstances. I have tried to make sure all of us at IAM RoadSmart are playing our part by staying at home to protect the NHS and save lives.  I’ve been on my doorstep for the weekly #ClapforCarers, along with so many of you. It’s a moving and exhilarating experience to see how we have all come together in this national crisis.

So many more of our members have taken their incredible volunteer spirit out into their local communities, to support the vulnerable, joining the NHS Volunteer Responders and doing other invaluable work. Staff have also signed up or are rolling their sleeves up to help in their local communities. From shopping for a vulnerable neighbour to keeping in touch with those on their own, you have shown just what an incredible community IAM RoadSmart is.

Wherever we can, we have used our role and reputation as the UK’s largest independent road safety charity to reinforce the Government’s messages and offer people sensible, practical advice on everything from vehicle maintenance to managing speed and being considerate of more vulnerable road users to minimise the risk of adding yet more pressure for the NHS at this critical time.

We now know we will be continuing to remain locked down for at least another three weeks. And while it’s vital everyone continues to follow the Government’s social distancing advice to protect all our health, at some point our social distancing measures will be relaxed, as we’re seeing in other parts of the world

It is not yet clear how soon we will be able to resume our on-road training safely but I believe this will be more important than ever after such an extended period of restricted vehicle use. Roads busy with traffic may seem daunting to many initially. Our driver and rider coaching can do a great deal to sharpen dulled road skills and rebuild confidence dented by time off the streets.

By Mike Quinton, CEO, IAM RoadSmart


Carmarthen and West Wales Advanced Motorists

                         LONDON TO BRIGHTON VETERAN RUN.

Carmarthen & West Wales Advanced Motorists member Mr. Johnny Thomas, aged 80 and lives in Nantgaredig near Carmarthen, completed his 52nd. London to Brighton run in 2016. His first run was in 1964.
2016 was also the year that his son Christopher Thomas completed his 17th. London to Brighton Run. Father Johnny drove his 1904 Darracq and son Christopher their 1904 Alldays.
In total, with Johnny's wife, Christopher's wife and their two children, all as passengers in the two cars, there were three generations of the Thomas family taking part. The weather was good and both cars arrived in Brighton without any problems.
Johnny, who passed his IAM in the year 2000, has owned many veteran cars during his life. He is a past President of the Veteran Car Club of Great Britain and has also held the office of  High Sheriff of Dyfed.

Training for the IAM Advanced Driving Test is via a series of "observed drives" with one of the group's qualified observers. Although there is no set number of sessions, most associates (trainees) require an average of six before applying for the test. Normally these are with the same observer and at mutually convenient times, although additional sessions can be arranged on a Sunday morning at Carmarthen if the associate wishes to do so. Although every driver is different and presents different skills and weaknesses, we try to offer a structured course tailored to the individual needs of the associate. Within reason, there is no limit to the number of drives offered, and we will support associates right up until the actual test.

All our observers have been trained and tested in accordance with the IAM's guidelines and should offer a uniform approach to making preparation for the test as enjoyable as possible.

PCC Funding for Carmarthen and West Wales Advanced Motorists

Carmarthen and West Wales group of the Institute of Advanced Motorists have been


fortunate in securing a grant from the Police and Crime Commissioners Fund for a 

total sum of £4000.

This will enable us a Group to offer a 100%refund to any driver or rider under the age 

of 25, who enrol on the Advanced Driving/Riding Course. There are 10 Driver or 

Rider packages available and Driver or Rider’s under the age of 25 will be eligible, 

as long as they have passed their Driving/ Riding Test for at least 3 months. For 

Motorcyclists an A2 licence is also acceptable.

Normally the course costs £149 and the full refund will be payable on successfully 

passing the IAM Roadsmart Advanced Test.

All applicants must reside within the Dyfed Powys Police area.

Please contact [email protected] for Car courses and 

[email protected] for Bike courses

Website Address is

Carmarthen and West Wales Advanced Motorists would like to thank PCSO Arwyn 

Rees based in Ammanford for his help and advice in securing the funding to offer 

subsidised Car/Motorcycle Advanced courses to those under 25 in the Dyfed Powys 

Police Area.

Carmarthen and West Wales Advanced Motorists would also like to thank the PCC 

for this funding as it will help us offer subsidised courses. This may develop peer 

pressure among young motorists/riders to achieve advanced road skills – and help 

reduce the Dyfed-Powys collision rate.

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