When you join the IAM as an associate member on the Skill for Life programme the fee paid to the IAM covers associate membership of MBEAM until you pass your test.
If you have not passed in one year (most unusual) the Group committee must agree to extend your membership and reserves the right to levy the annual subscription fee for a full member.
Having passed your test you will be invited to become a Full Member of MBEAM. The part year fee (until the next April AGM) will be waived as long as you fill out a standing order.
Observers guiding associates to take the car test travel with the Associate in his/her car – this is obviously not the case with Observers guiding Motorcycle Associates.
Motorcycle Observers, therefore, incur a personal expense in regard to fuel; wear and tear (e.g. tyres) etc; and may incur penalties associated with higher than average mileage.
The IAM provides guidance that the associate can be required to make a contribution towards these costs.
MBEAM’s current policy is that no payment is required from the associate to cover these personal expenses incurred by the observer. As a gesture, associates are expected to pay for the tea / coffee that usually marks the end of an observed ride.
Only fully paid up members of the IAM are permitted to become or remain Full Members of MBEAM.
The MBEAM Full membership fee is currently set at £12 per annum payable on a ‘pro rata’ basis by cheque for the first payment only and, thereafter, by standing order.
The ‘pro rata’ basis is calculated at a rate of £1 per month from and including the month you become a full member up to and including the month of March.
- an associate passing a test in June would have to pay £10 by cheque for the remaining months of June until March with the renewal fee of £12 paid by standing order in April
- an associate passing in February would then pay £2 for the remaining months of February and March unless he had filled out a standing order for the following year as described under Associate Membership above in which case the £2 fee would be waived.
All Full memberships are due for renewal on 22 April each year.
As an incentive to join MBEAM, Associates after passing their test, will be given free Full Membership until the following April provided they complete a Standing Order Mandate for £12 to commence the following April 22nd
Standing orders are the norm for ALL full membership renewals (i.e. one payment in April each year to the value of the annual subscription fee).
Alternative methods of renewal payment (e.g. by cheque) are only permitted by the Group Committee in exceptional circumstances.
The Group offers a 25% discount on annual full membership fees for spouses or partners who:
- live at the same address and
- use one account to pay by standing order
So, under the present arrangements, that makes the fee £18 for joint membership for people who meet the criteria instead of £24.
Persons with Joint Membership only receive one copy of Newsletter/ Notices etc. but are allowed individual voting rights and individual access to the website and group email lists, etc.
In situations where the spouse/ partner become Full Members at different times, Group Joint Memberships would only start from the April annual renewal date.
e.g. a husband (whose wife is already a full member) who passes his test in November would pay £5 (i.e. £1 per month for Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb and March) then when BOTH his and his wife’s annual membership came up in April they would be charged at the Joint Membership rate by one standing order.
For spouses who become Full Members of the Group at the same time (e.g. moving to our part of the country) the 25% discount rule will apply to them from the start as they will both be joining the Group on the same date.