The DVSA to discuss changes to CBT
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have launched a consultation to the public asking for feedback on their proposed ways of improving motorcycle training.
As the gov.uk website states 'motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable road users' and the proposal aims 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.'
The system seeks to improve the current Compulsory basic training (CBT), in several ways - firstly by changing the CBT syllabus to four parts instead of the current five.
It will also mean CBT certificates will be taken away from riders who get 6 penalty points, for offences such as careless or dangerous riding.
It also tackles whether riders should need to pass a theory test before their CBT to better understand the ways of the roads, as well as differentiating between a CBT completed on an automatic or manual motorcycle.
The proposal also tackles ways of 'improving the instructor qualification', in ways such as recognising training schools for consistently high standards, as well as making sure the instructors have suitable qualifications in order to ensure high quality education during the CBT.
DVSA Chief Executive, Gareth Llewellyn, said: 'DVSA's first priority is helping everyone stay safe on Great Britain's roads.
'Our roads are among the safest in the world, but we're determined to do more to improve safety for all road users, including newly-qualified motorcyclists.
'We want to modernise motorcycle training so that novice riders gain the skills and experience they need to help them and everyone else to stay safe on our roads.'
Karen Cole, Director of Safety and Training for the Motorcycle Industry Association, said: 'We're delighted to see DVSA has launched this consultation.
'We believe that the introduction of a new training course is positive and will encourage more riders to use the progressive license route. We're also supportive of the proposals to update the qualification arrangements for motorcycle instructors as these will help the training industry.
'We'd urge anyone interested in motorcycle training to respond.'
02.01.2017 - Big Ed