The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has launched a consultation asking for views on proposals to improve motorcycle training.
Motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable road users. They account for around 1% of traffic on Great Britain’s roads, but 21% of deaths or serious injuries.
The proposed changes aim to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured by making sure new riders are better prepared for the realities of riding on modern roads.
Improving training to help you through a lifetime of safe riding
Compulsory basic training (CBT) is a course you usually have to take before you ride a moped or motorcycle on the road. It makes sure you can ride safely on your own while you practise for your full moped or motorcycle test.
The course is provided by instructors who have either been assessed by DVSA, or have been trained directly by another DVSA-assessed instructor.
9 proposals on improving motorcycle training
Improving how the system works for riders. Some of the proposed changes include:
- taking away (revoking) CBT certificates from riders who get 6 penalty points – it would stop them from riding with L plates after getting points for offences including careless or dangerous riding
- considering whether learner riders should need to either pass a theory test before they take a CBT course, or as part of their course
- restricting riders who take their CBT course on an automatic motorcycle to only riding automatics
It’s also proposed that the CBT course syllabus is changed from 5 parts to 4, focussing on:
- aims of CBT and the importance of equipment
- on-site training
- motorcycling theory
- on-road practical riding
Training courses to upgrade motorcycle licences
DVSA also wants your views on a proposal to introduce a training course that existing riders can take to upgrade their motorcycle licence, rather than having to take extra tests.
Improved instructors and training schools
DVSA is considering making changes to:
- improve the way that instructors qualify to provide motorcycle training
- increase the range of checks that DVSA carries out on motorcycle training schools
- introduce a system for motorcycle training schools to be given recognition for consistently high standards
Another proposal looks at options for replacing the existing paper-based training system with a digital service. This will improve the quality of records of those who have taken CBT, and make the system more efficient.
At A2B Motorcycle Training we believe that the introduction of a new training course is positive and will encourage more riders to use the progressive licence route. We’re also supportive of the proposals to update the qualification arrangements for motorcycle instructors as these will help the training industry.