New year, new rules? The world of motorcycling could see some big changes with regards to rider training.
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has launched a consultation to gather views on its recent proposals to improve rider training. The thoughts surrounding these changes are to ensure that newly-qualified riders are well equipped for the modern roads; with the hope of reducing the number of motorcyclists killed and seriously injured on our roads.
The proposed changes for riders are to:
- take away (revoke) compulsory basic training (CBT) certificates of riders who get 6 penalty points
- introduce a training course for riders to upgrade their motorcycle licence, instead of passing extra tests
- restrict riders to riding an automatic motorcycle if they take their CBT course on one
- consider introducing a theory test that must be taken before (or as part of) the CBT course
- change the CBT course syllabus from 5 parts to 4
There are also proposed changes to:
- improve the motorcycle instructor qualification process
- improve the way training courses are quality assured
- introduce an ‘earned recognition’ scheme for motorcycle training schools
- move the recording of CBT courses from a paper-based system to a digital service
These proposals all sound reasonable in our opinion, and we welcome any changes that may help reduce the number of motorcycle accidents in the UK.
The DVSA is asking for your views on these proposals. Give your view here.