DVSA cracks down on rogue instructors

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Published on 29 January 2020 by Mike Waters

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has removed licences from more than 100 motorcycle instructors and has struck 18 Approved Training Bodies (ATB) from the official register.

In a statement released on January 29 by the DVSA’s Chief Driving Examiner Mark Winn, it was revealed that the agency’s enforcement teams had found “shocking examples of bad practice” during compliance checks which were conducted throughout 2019.

Some ABTs were struck from the register because they were discovered to be behaving in a fraudulent manner. The enforcement teams found that “some schools claim to have been conducting CBTs at the same time as a car boot sale or football tournament was taking place on their training site” and that some were even “selling certificates to riders without any training being undertaken”.

Worse, Mr Winn highlighted instances where ABTs were found to be putting the safety of trainee motorcyclists at risk. During the compliance checks, the DVSA’s teams found some schools were “delivering training on motorcycles that have no tax or a valid MOT” and “in the most extreme cases, we’ve found schools using several motorcycles that have been declared as SORN, on the road.”

Commenting, Mr Winn said: "Too many motorcyclists are killed or injured on our roads every year, so it is vital they have the right training to help keep them safe on Britain’s roads. We are determined to rid the industry of rogue trainers who are not delivering the correct training or flagrantly breaking the rules, and will take action against anyone we find to be putting lives at risk.”

For advice on motorcycle training and more about the BMF’s flagship Blue Riband advanced rider award, please visit the BMF’s guide here.

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