Making roads safer through the Senior Observers Examination:
As careful a driver as you may be, accidents cannot be kept from happening once you hit the road. Many other factors could lead anyone to road accidents such as the other reckless drivers beside you, poorly maintained road signs and barriers, sharp turns, and road defects. This is the reason why observers are needed. By being an observer, you don’t just take a look at the road problems but also give the solution to make it safer for motorists. Choosing an observer is done meticulously. In order to select the most skillful among the applicants, they have to undergo the Senior Observers Examination.
There are five things to consider if a person wants to be a taker of the Senior Observers Examination. His membership on both the National IAM as well as the Dewsbury & Batley Group is counted as the first consideration. His ability to work and mingle effectively with the Associates is another. He also must have achieved at least 10 hours of observed runs. In his twelve months in training, his six months must be spent group practical work. He must pass 80% of the exam to qualify as an observer and attain a satisfactory remark in the practical test. Lastly, his application as an observer is still in the hands of the committee. The age range of applicants must be within 20-25 years old and had Physics as one of his major subjects.
The Senior Observers Examination is divided into two parts: the written and the practical exam. The written exam is of objective type and is further divided into two parts. The first part of the written contains 100 items of English language, General Knowledge, and Geography questions. This can be taken for 1 ½ hours. The second part of the written exam contains 200 items of Mathematics and Physics-related question and can be taken for 2 ½ hours.
The practical part of the Senior Observers Examination is given once the examinee passed the written exam. He will be given forty five minutes of demonstration run, ten minutes for the observation commentary, and twenty minutes for the demonstration commentary. The demonstration commentary includes definition of system and traffic rules, turning techniques, observation links, and others. He will also be asked to answer verbally the two situational problems that will be presented to him. Once he passed these, he will be awarded with a certificate.