Government plans to introduce biggest rider training shake-up in 30 years

The Government looks set to introduce a ‘raft of improvements’ – including new riders having to pass a theory test before they take a CBT course – following a public consultation on proposals to modernise motorcycle training.

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

Other changes that look likely to be introduced include:

  • Introducing a training course that existing riders can take to upgrade their motorcycle licence, rather than having to take extra tests.
  • New riders will have to pass a theory test before they take a CBT course, or as part of their course.
  • CBT certificates will be revoked from riders who get six penalty points, which would stop them from riding with L plates after committing offences including careless or dangerous riding.
  • Restricting riders who take their CBT course on an automatic motorcycle to only being able to ride an automatic machine.
  • And restructuring the CBT course to focus on equipment and safety clothing, on-site training, motorcycling theory and on-road practical riding skills.

Jesse Norman, road safety minister, said: “These improvements should equip learners with a wider range of experience and better riding skills, helping to make our roads safer for everyone.”

Mark Winn, DVSA head of rider and vocational policy, added: “In 2016, over a third of moped and motorcyclist casualties were aged between 16 and 24 years.

“Making these improvements to training will help make sure motorcyclists have the skills and knowledge they need to help them stay safe on our busy, modern roads.”

The Government plans to further consult in spring 2018 on details of how the changes will work.

Click here to access the full response to consultation report.

19 December 2017

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