Some important changes for 2015 - 2016
We are currently waiting for our new website to be implemented, so this site has been reduced so that in practice it only contains this page and the contact page.
From May 1st 2015 all TROT members will be required to display an ID card which fits into a pouch in the TROT hatband. The cards will include a photograph which we ask each member to send (by email) to the TROT office until our new website is available at which point you will be able to upload the photo yourself. The object of this is to try and ensure that all riders on the toll routes are genuine TROT members who have paid their subscription fees.
The Farm routes have been regraded in the same way as the Forestry routes are already graded, that is to say Gold, Silver and Bronze. These come into force on the 1st May 2015 and renewals will be calculated based on the new gradings. The new gradings are listed here.
Going forward, the hatband deposit will be replaced by a charge. For new members, this will be £15.00 payable at joining time, and for existing members the charge will be £5.00 payable on remewal.
The key deposit will rise to £25.00 from 1st May 2015. This new rate will apply to both Farm and Forest keys, so anyone requiring both will need to pay a deposit of £50.00 in total.
Our new website is very close to being live. It will allow members to renew their membership online and will give members an opportunity to update their own details on our membership database.
The new website will include a facility to allow members to upload ID card photos and many other useful features. Please revisit us over the next couple of weeks to catch the release of the new site.
We have had to take the decision to increase our Farm membership fees this year. Forestry membership fees have also increased, but these charges are not set by TROT, but are set by the Forestry Commission, and we are bound to pass on the increases. Nobody wants to see fees increasing but we have to be competitive with other activities that farmers may allow on their land which might bring in better income. If we do not remain competitive, we will slowly lose routes and your choice of places to ride will decrease. The new rates can be seen here.
How TROT Works!
TROT toll routes are on both private land and Forestry Commission land. We have private land toll routes in Kent, Sussex, Surrey, Cheshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Shropshire and Leicestershire. In addition there are Forestry Commission routes in Kent, Sussex, Surrey, Berkshire, Hampshire and Isle of Wight. Two thirds of your membership fee goes back to the landowner or Forestry Commission and the remaining third goes towards the management and running of the TROT office.
This is for non-riding members but we will keep you up to date with news and information and costs £15 per year. This membership is gratefully received.
Hatbands and Tags
Once you join we will send you a hatband or saddle tag (Bramhill, Warren Heath and Heat Warren rides only). These must be worn at all times when you are on the toll route. These show your unique membership number.
Some routes require keys and there are two types of keys – one for the private land routes and a different one for the Forestry Commission routes. If you are unsure about this please contact the office on 01622 735599). We ask for a £25 refundable deposit for each key. Some routes have combination locks and you can obtain the number from the Local Agent. Keys must be returned to TROT if you decide to end your membership.
Disabled riders memberships are free but the charge for hatbands or saddle tags and deposits for keys still apply. Please send documentary evidence of your disability with your application.
Box Park Stickers
There are box parks at some of the Forestry Commission routes – please let us have your vehicle registration number so that we can sned you a sticker.
You can try out any of the routes by taking out a day hire permit which costs £12 plus deposits for the hatband/tag/keys. Please look at the Hatband day hire application form.
Finally ……..How to Join!
Joining is easy. Please complete the application form and send with your payment to the TROT office and we will send your hatband/tag out to you. You can then start riding!
If you have any questions please call us in the office on 01622 735599 – our office hours are Monday to Friday 10am to 2pm. We look forward to hearing from you.
Trustee Directors: Mr M Morris, Miss Judith Norris
Formerly South Eastern Toll Rides – Established 1990 Charity Reg. No. 1020850 Company Reg. No. 2723698
TROT, Suite 7, The Oast, Church Farm, Ulcombe Hill, Ulcombe, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1DN
Tel: 01622 735599 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | www.tollrides.org.uk