At the same time as the government launches a consultation on learners being taught on motorways, the DVSA has also announced a key consultation on rider training.
The Modernising Motorcycle Training courses floats a series of proposals aimed at targeting and improving the performance of poor trainers whilst incentivising high performing trainers by introducing an Earned Recognition Scheme.
The purpose for this consultation is to seek the views of rider teaching professionals on how the DVSA can improve and update motorcycle training. It also contains suggestions on how they could implement a scheme to enable riders to upgrade their motorcycle driving licence entitlements to allow them to drive larger and more powerful motorcycles by training instead of the traditional practical test process.
When asked about the measures to improve motorcycle training Steve Gooding, RAC Director, said: “This package of measures, taken together, should deliver a welcome streamlining of the process for qualifying as an instructor and improve both the content and administration of basic training for novice motorcycle riders.”
The latest statistics published show that motorcycles accounted for 21% of fatalities on the motorway. That’s 365 people, despite representing only 1% of vehicle traffic.
Mark Jaffe, Diamond Advanced Motorists Chief Motorcycle Examiner, said: “There are a lot of opportunities for good training schools to improve the training delivered to riders and the rider training consultation is an encouraging way forward, especially the idea of Earned Recognition status.”
The Earned Recognition scheme is aimed to recognise the ATBs whose instructors achieve consistently high standards. After identifying the criteria needed for gaining such a status, the DVSA could introduce benefits such as highlighting the trainer on the ‘find a moped or motorcycle CBT course’ on gov.uk.
ATB owner Mark Jaffe, added: “It is encouraging to see proposals aimed at tackling substandard training. We would like to see more resource targeted at poor performing ATB’s as this will improve road safety by limiting the ability of poor trainers to deliver poorly prepared riders to our roads.”
The consultations will run until 17 February 2017 and the changes could come into force in 2018.
Have your say in the consultation by following the link below. Remember, if you fail to leave feedback when asked, you lose the opportunity to help enforce the changes that directly impact your profession and business.
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