Borders Group of Advanced Motorists



Group no. 6084 affiliated to The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) ~ Registered Scottish Charity SC023509



Young Drivers - find out about our Cleland - SBC Young Driver Initiative!    STOP PRESS: Next two courses start 2nd and 7th August.




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Introduction to the Group

The Borders Group of Advanced Motorists started life in 1980 as the "Borders Better Driving Group".

In 1982 the Group was accepted into membership of The Institute of Advanced Motorists, and has been representing the interests what is now known as the IAM in the Scottish Borders ever since.

In 2003 a motorcycle section came into being with the enthusiastic support of existing and new members.  The first motorcycle test pass was achieved in 2004, and a separate Motorcycle Group was formed in June 2006.

Our aims

The aims of the Group are to

Who are we?

The members of the Group represent a very wide cross section of Borders life in terms of background, occupation, age, geographic location, and motoring experience.  Their are two main categories of membership:

There is a much smaller category of "Exempt" members for those who already hold recognised driving or motorcycle qualifications: click here for details of how to apply.

What do we do?

Our activities focus on:

When and where do we meet?

As our current focus is on recruiting young drivers, our main meetings relate to the running of the Group, such as Committee meetings and our Annual General Meeting (AGM), which has taken place in recent years at the Scottish Borders Campus of Borders College and Heriot-Watt University. Other meetings take place at a venue appropriate to the theme of the chosen topic.

Our one-day introductory courses for new Associate members take place in a variety of small venues in the central Borders several times a year.

To make a reservation on the next available course run by the Borders Group, you must first purchase the IAM "Skill for Life" package.  You can contact the Membership Secretary on 01750-22550 (19:00-21:00) for further information, or purchase the package online.  When purchasing the package online, you should give the Borders as your "preferred IAM group or location", and your place on our next course will be reserved.

You can also purchase a Skill for Life Car Voucher for a friend or family member.

If you are a young driver (under 26 years), and are normally resident in the Scottish Borders, you currently have 2 options:

  1. You can apply for membership of the Borders Group under the BGAM-Cleland Young Driver Initiative and have the fee of 149 refunded after passing the test!

  2. You can apply for an accelerated course sponsored and administered by the Scottish Borders Council and have the fee of 149 refunded after passing the test!


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Page last updated 2nd February 2016