Brian founded the ABD in 1992 by writing a letter about the way motorists were being treated to a number of newspapers and magazines, inviting drivers to contact him.
He has been chairman of the organization ever since.
He works in account management for a chemical company and is based in the North of England.
Brian has completed the the Institute of Advanced Motorists refresher training on several occasions, and has also completed driver training with John Lyon of the HPC.
Other Directors include, Brian MacDowall, Peter Roberts and Ian Taylor
Chris has had a clean licence for thirty years, and holds a Class One HGV licence. He was a lorry driver for fourteen years, has passed the Institute of Advanced Motorists' Advanced Driving Test in a car and an articulated lorry, and was Secretary of his local IAM Group for ten years during which time he helped train many others to pass the IAM Test.
He served as a Special Constable for fourteen years, holds the Special Constabulary Long Service Medal, and is currently a local Councillor. He now works as an I.T. Support Engineer.
Hugh is a founder member of the ABD, having attended its first ever meeting in 1992.
He spent 19 years in the army followed by 21 years running a psychiatric nursing home.
He has since retired and now lives near Weston-Super-Mare.
All the ABD’s senior members are volunteers, and all except for the group’s Administrator are unpaid.
I was born and raised in Castle Point and now live in Southend-on-Sea but over the years I have lived in some of the most congested areas of the country including Portsmouth, Rochester and Dunstable. This has given me a keen sense for the issues facing drivers on the roads today and where improvements can be made in our traffic and road systems. It was a relief to find the ABD a few years ago; here was an organisation that supported drivers thinking for themselves and I wanted to support them.
In 1991 I was the youngest person in Essex to pass the IAM Advanced test (just 17 weeks after my DVLA test at age 17). I 'renewed my vows' by taking the RoSPA test in October 2011 and am pleased to report a Gold pass. While this is not a qualification for the ABD per se, I feel it does allow me to speak for the thinking driver and this is one of the reasons I wanted to represent the ABD in my home town of Southend.
I believe many of the systems being implemented on our roads are over-authoritarian and too 'stupid'. Increasingly taking decisions away from drivers is dangerous and many schemes are now causing more danger to road users and pedestrians because of this. I intend to campaign locally for:
“I've has been involved with transport since I drove Thames diesel lorries round Worcestershire farms collecting churns of milk in the late 1950s. I passed the IAM test in my Simca Aronde in 1959. For most of my working life I was with British Airways, much of that time with responsibility for keeping the operating plan feasible, a job where I could look at Teletext to see in real time how well my plan was working. Now retired I worked for five years with British Rail some of that time as part of the Vendor Unit which sold off many of BR's constituent parts.
A member of the ABD since 2000, my role as Hertfordshire Local Co-ordinator included membership of the HCC Local Transport Plan User Group and of St Albans Transport Forum where I put the motorists viewpoint to try to balance the anti-motorist views of many of the 'Green' organisations also represented on these groups.
Outside the ABD my main interest is a second home in the Cotentin Peninsular of France. Living in France gives me an insight into how transport might be organised in Britain if we were prepared to spend more money on it. A major difference I notice in my rural part of France is the number of grade separated junctions, even on quiet main roads. Lots of tunnels in town centres and overpasses/underpasses in the country. But even in France the curse of lower speed limits is striking, in the time I have been there the limits have been lowered on a number of local roads, but fortunately the local enforcement officers prefer vehicle activated signs telling you to slow down rather than cameras.”