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DVSA sets out proposals to improve motorcycle training

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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.

The main points are

Improving training
Improved instructors and training schools
Skills and knowledge to ride safely


Karen Cole, Director of Safety and Training for the Motorcycle Industry Association, said:


We’re delighted to see DVSA has launched this consultation. We’d urge anyone interested in motorcycle training to respond.

Have your say on the proposals by 17 February 2017.

Read more here

Improving training to help you through a lifetime of safe riding

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  1. David Careless

    Its about time you made changes to car drivers. Motorway training, black boxes fitted to restrict speed. More difficult to pass. You pick on motorcyclists and leave car drivers alone. Also cyclists dont follow road laws, ride through red lights ignore all road markings, stop picking on the monority and make everyone responsible for their own terrible driving.

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  2. Adrian

    I believe the things that make motorcycle riding dangerous is poor hazard perception, inappropriate use of speed and poor understanding of defensive driving techniques. A different hazard perception test including corners with bad visibility, damp patches under trees and a section of filtering, and crossing traffic with the sun behind you etc, may help.

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  3. Carl

    I feel the CBF is OK to assess if a rider is able to balance and control two wheels from the start bit that is where it's usefulness ends. The little bit of road riding doesn't give enough time or skills to prepare anyone one for riding on the roads for real. Car drivers only have to sit 3 tests to be able to drive any BHP car they want once gaining a full licence where as a person wanting to go direct access on a bike even if already holding a C+E licence (44 tomne) has to complete hazard pre, theroy, CBT, parts 1 and two . Why don't they just make the training suitable for real life riding skills, basic skills of balance and control to make sure they can control two wheels, followed by hazard pre and theroy, then teach them the basics of defence riding as they do in ROSPA and AIM, ie position, cornering and forward observations these 3 skills are the main parts of skillfull and safe riding. My other half has just passed her test and had excellent training from her instructor on how to pass DVSA standard and she was also given other advise which was of a high skills set which is great, which few schools give. I am now giving her advice when out on the roads ref better road position, speed, and forward observations which if she did these things during test she would have failed I am told, but they are skills I have learnt from ROSPA and AIM and been passed by the ultimate riders (Police). If I had riden on my ROSPA or AIM tests to a new riders DVSA test standard I would have failed. People need to talk to these organisations and come up with a programme that teaches these skills to a basic level, that would save a lots of lives and prepare riders in the real world of riding for enjoyment and to survive on our roads.

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  4. John

    FFS deal with the Elephant in the room! At one end of Whitehall it seems the RAF know that human eyesight - even those blessed with perfect 20:20 vision - has its faults. Hence their pilots spend 2 weeks of their very expensive training time just learning ?how to see? properly. Meantime DSA examiners spend 10 seconds asking applicants to read a number plate ? (which some simply memorise before-hand). Forcing all instructors to teach riders and drivers ?how to see? is the real way to bring an end to SMIDSY, but totally overlooked in YOUR CONSULTATION. If you bother to read the article, it clearly shows why SMALLER road users are at such high risk! But sadly this information has not reached the other end of Whitehall? Hey Ho.

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  5. Richard vickers

    To truly be in control of a bike you must learn to ride off road. It hurts less when yiu fall off. The amount of wasteland restricted to just walkers is a complete waste. Once you get used to the bike sliding around and you naturally control it without thinking you will be more than safe in any situation on the road. This should be the first stage for anyone learning to ride a motorbike before they are even allowed on tarmac

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