Motorcyclists

Title: Improving motorcycle training: consultation results

Organisation: Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)
Date uploaded: 11th January 2018
Date published/launched: December 2017

This public consultation carried out by the DfT and DVSA on nine proposed changes received more than 2,200 responses from motorcyclists, representatives in the motorcycle industry and road safety groups.

The results of the consultation show that of those who responded:

92% support introducing a training course that existing riders can take to upgrade their motorcycle licence, rather than having to take extra tests.
85% agree new riders should have to pass a theory test before they take a CBT course, or as part of their course.
85% support revoking CBT certificates from riders who get six penalty points, which would stop them from riding with L plates after getting points for offences including careless or dangerous riding.
84% agree with restricting riders who take their CBT course on an automatic motorcycle, to only riding an automatic machine.
85% support restructuring the CBT course to focus on the importance of equipment and safety clothing, on-site training, motorcycling theory and on-road practical riding skills.
Responses to plans to improve the way motorcycle instructors are qualified and quality assured include:

97% of respondents support increasing the range of checks that DVSA carries out on motorcycle training schools.
87% support improving the way that instructors qualify to provide motorcycle training.
94% support introducing a system for motorcycle training schools to be given recognition for consistently high standards.

DfT and DVSA plan to further consult in spring 2018 on details of how the changes will work.

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