NELE was formed in 1957 with the aim of improving road safety for drivers. We focus on the North East London and East Essex areas, and always welcome members from elsewhere. Our members are all ages, from all walks of life and drive all sorts of cars, small, large, family, sports both manual and automatic and even an electric car.
We are a non-profit organization (registered charity No. 1056280) run by a committee that is elected annually. Details of the committee can be found on the Contact page. We provide guidance through a series of observed drives, where a trained observer shares their knowledge and skill to enable people aiming to pass the IAM RoadSmart driving test. The test has two levels of pass: Pass and F1rst, a pass shows that one has demonstrated a safe, smooth and systematic drive that is higher than that of a standard DVLA driving test; a F1rst is like a distinction where a drive is exemplary and demonstrates sparkle.
Many of our members not only join simply to pass their IAM RoadSmart test, but remain as members to create a friendly and social club. We produce a magazine every few months and also participate in driving and social events. The group has ten regular social evenings (monthly except for August and December) – normally with a guest speaker. The regular meetings are held at the Metropolitan Police Chigwell Sports Club, Chigwell Hall, High Rd, Chigwell IG7 6BD (see map below.)