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 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.