This page is a central location where all Sheffield & District Advanced Motorcyclists policies can be accessed. The page provides immediate access to all changes made to  a policy within the year. Click a link to read the full policy document. The Data Protection and Privacy Policy page is available here. All changes are incorporated into the policy documents at the end of the financial year. If you have any questions please contact a member of the SAM Committee for further clarification. Thank you.

  1. IAM RoadSmart & Charity Commission Policies
  2. SAM  Club Policies
  3. Local & National Observer Policies
  4. Training Policy
  5. Training Aids
  6. Presentations
  7. Website Policies


These are important documents that give guidance to both elected officers and ordinary members on their roles and responsibilities in managing and supporting the Sheffield and District Advanced Motorcyclists charity. The documents are available on the Charity Commission and IAM websites, but we wanted these to be more immediately available to elected officers and members. All documents are in pdf format.

This is the latest IAM RoadSmart handbook incorporating guidelines for affiliated groups, including Sheffield and District Advanced Motorcyclists, that all members should refer to when discussing matters affecting the club. The revision history can be read in conjunction with the IAM RoadSmart Affiliate Group Handbook. In addition, each elected officer should ensure they read and understand the guidance from the Charity Commission on their responsibilities as a Trustee of a registered charity.

New data protection regulations will be implemented on the 25th May 2018. IAM RoadSmart have issued group guidance for meeting the requirements of this legislation.  This is the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)document. This is the IAM RoadSmart GDPR and  Data Management Guidelines for Groups document.  This is the IAM RoadSmart Group GDPR Declaration Form (Download and fill in using Adobe Reader). This is the IAM RoadSmart Group Member  GDPR statement (Download and fill in using Adobe Reader).

This document was prepared as a result of questions asked at the 2012 IAM Motorcycle Conference and is designed to clear up what appear to be common confusions.

This document was prepared as a result of questions asked at the 2012 IAM Motorcycle Conference and is designed to clear up what appear to be common confusions.

This booklet was produced by the Norsk Motorcykkel Union in an effort to do something about the large spike in motorcycle accidents that occurred there every spring as riders poured onto the roads again after their winter. The booklet focuses an effective and precise riding technique, helps you understand the essential physics of the motorcycle and offers you a series of very concrete exercises that you can work on every time you are out riding.

Group riding is great fun and a riding experience shared is valued by the majority of bikers. IAM RoadSmart provides a group organised ride policy for all IAM members to ensure that everyone riding on Local IAM Group events remain safe and have an enjoyable ride. All members taking part in a Local Group organised ride should ensure that they use their advanced riding skills throughout the ride.



  • SAM Committee Nomination Form
  • Membership
    • All SAM Club members MUST be paid-up members of IAM RoadSmart
    • To remain a member of the SAM Club, members should pay their club membership fee, currently £12, by the 1st April each year.
  • Guests
    • Members may bring guests to any SAM Club events where guest attendance is approved.
    • Guests are not permitted to take part in any event undertaken on behalf of IAM RoadSmart.
  • Club Events
    • All SAM members are welcome to take part in organised events.
    • Members are responsible for the conduct of their guest(s) at any SAM Club event.


The IAM has introduced two new qualifications: Local and National Observer. Please contact the Guidance Secretary or a Member of the SAM Committee to discuss these qualifications. We have reproduced four of the relevant documents here but keep an eye the IAM’s website in case of updates.


There are, essentially, two topics in this section: Training Policy and Risk Analysis. The Training Policy documents set out SAM’s attitudes towards the guidance of Associates; The Risk Analysis is linked to this but, in addition, contains the processes to be followed in a variety of Guidance situations.

There are two documents:

  1. SAM Training Policy: This is a revised version of the Training Policy that was set out in
2007. It has been brought up-to-date to reflect the Training Sub-committee’s report, included below.
  2. Risk Analysis: This is a link to the condensed version of the Risk Analysis for Observers with which every Observer should be familiar. It takes the main points from the ObservingSlow Riding and Observer’s Demonstration Ride documents.


  1. Observer Insurance Letter
  2. Rider Learning Styles
  3. Neurodiversity Documentation
  4. Observer’s Advanced Rider Course Handbook
  5. Risk Assessments
  6. Vulnerable Road Users
  7. The Thinking Rider
  8. Full Control Document
  9. Associate Motorcycle Documents Declaration
  10. Technology Riding Aids
  11. Recording Device Guidelines
  12. Emergency Vehicles
  13. Pre-ride checks
  14. Motorcycle Ancillary Equipment
  15. Picking up a motorcycle
  16. How a Motorcycle Steers
  17. Riding in Inclement Weather
  18. Riding at Night
  19. First Ride Assessment Form
  20. Observer’s Demonstration Ride
  21. Filtering
  22. Slow Riding Risk Assessment
  23. Observer-Associate Run Sheet
  24. Advanced Rider Test – What to Expect
  25. Advanced Rider Test Report
  26. IMI Complaints Procedure

Click this link for associate reading materials.

  • Use of radios

SAM Observers wishing to use radio communication with Associates need to be “qualified” at one of three levels:

  1. Radios can be used only for giving directions.
  2. In addition to 1, radios can also be used for giving an Observer commentary.
  3. In addition to 1 and 2, radios can also be used for giving guidance by an Observer following the Associate.

To obtain one of these three levels and Observer will have to be trained and then assessed by someone who has been qualified to train and assess. The SAM Committee has appointed a Team Leader to deliver radio training (see the Who’s Who page for the current post holder). Details of the qualification and assessment are given below:

First, read the general framework .  Secondly, read the details of what is required to become qualified .


The purpose of this section is to make available copies of powerpoint presentations given at previous Observer Meetings.  At the moment, the only presentations included are those given at the last Meeting on the 11th November, 2013.

There were two major presentations: the first is on Observer Duties and the second on the new Observer Qualifications system.

Other, earlier, presentations will be included at a later date and new ones will appear immediately after they have been given.


Data protection, Cookie Consent and Website Use policies can be found here.