Road Safety GB and IRSO agree to merge

12.00 | 14 November 2012 | | 2 comments

Road Safety GB and the Institute of Road Safety Officers (IRSO) have formally agreed to merge following the result of ballot of Road Safety GB members which was announced at the 2012 Road Safety GB AGM on 14 November.

The merger will create a new organisation to be registered as a Company Limited by Guarantee effective from 1 April 2013.

The new organisation will retain the name ‘Road Safety GB’ but will have the significant added benefit of an academic arm which stems from the core strengths of IRSO.

The academic arm will form a new directorate within the new organisation, which will be known initially as the Academic and Vocational Board (AVB).  Road Safety GB is in the process of applying to be a BTEC accredited training body and the AVB will manage the development of all training for the new organisation and its members.

There will be two levels of membership in the new organisation. Local authorities will be ‘corporate members’, while those outside the local authority function – such as teachers, police officers, ADIs and others in the private sector, or simply members of the public with an interest in gaining road safety qualifications – will be able to join as ‘individual members’.

We will have reaction to the merger, and more about what it means for current IRSO and Road Safety GB members, in the coming days.


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    The merger is a significant step in Road Safety GB’s steady progression. I am very pleased that members of both organisations were unanimous that this is the best way forward for the profession. I welcome all of the Institute members and am looking forward to the coming months and years, seeing the organisation go from strength to strength.

    Alan Kennedy – Chairman, Road Safety GB
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    I could not attend conference this year but feel with this ‘Hot Off the Press’ news as though I was there. Great news for the organisation, may we all go from strength to strength, keeping focus on professionalising Road Safety.

    Tina Housego Bracknell Forest Council
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