The GEM Story
The story has it that on his way to meet friends at the Warnes Hotel in Worthing in 1932, our founder was involved in a 'near miss' with a young man in a sports car. In response, that group of friends formed a club to encourage Care, Courtesy and Concentration on the roads to reduce the growing accident toll...and so the Company of Veteran Motorists was born.
Pioneers of the Road
There have been many motoring changes in our 80 years and we have played our part. We have also moved with the times, but our aim is still the same: to give our members good service, sound advice and keep them safe on the road. In 1983 we reflected these ambitions by changing our name to the Guild of Experienced Motorists... or GEM, for short. We launched our breakdown recovery service in 1978 and have been a trusted provider ever since.
Keeping you Moving
We are a UK based organisation providing a friendly, reliable and responsive service just when you need us the most. One phone call to our 24 hour GEM Rescue Control Centre and a trained operator will quickly arrange assistance from one of our nationwide network of approved recovery operators. With access to over 5,000 recovery vehicles spread throughout the UK we can provide an efficient service wherever you are.
GEM breakdown cover was voted ‘Best Breakdown Cover – Gold Winner’ in the Auto Express Driver Power Survey 2017. GEM Motoring Assist has also received a Defaqto 5 Star Rating for its Breakdown Cover, which means it provides one of the most comprehensive policies in the market. Find out more »
Keeping you Safe
While most people know us for personal breakdown cover, we do so much more. GEM has championed a wide variety of Road Safety activities, including conferences, award schemes and research. We support national and local Road Safety campaigns; donate equipment for training, assessment and vision screening; and produce free motoring advice and road safety leaflets.
Our president is dedicated Road Safety campaigner, Viscount Simon. He's also a Trustee of the GEM Road Safety Charity.
GEM is a member of:
- The Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS)
- The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)
GEM Motoring Assist Annual Reports
A summary of the major activities and performance of GEM during recent years are provided in the Chairman’s Annual reports which are approved at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting held in May of each year.
2016 Annual Report
2015 Annual Report
2014 Annual Report
2013 Annual Report
2012 Annual Report
GEM Road Safety Charity
Can you help the GEM Road Safety Charity with their life saving campaign?
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GEM Membership is also open to motorists who do not require breakdown cover but want to support road safety and enjoy the many member benefits
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