New plans to boost motorcyclist safety


Plans to improve motorcycle training have been released under consultation today.
The proposals look at improving compulsory basic training (CBT) by improving riding for younger learners, which has been mostly unchanged for 25 years.
The plans being considered include the structure and content of CBT courses, the qualification process for instructors and standards checks for instructors, which assess their ability to teach pupils.
Transport Minister, Claire Perry said: “Motorcyclists account for one in every five deaths on our roads, despite representing just 1% of all traffic. This is a shocking statistic – even more so when you consider that 19% of  all reported motorcycle casualties involved riders aged 19 and under. We must do all we can to improve road safety and I hope our proposals to change the training will do that.”
All new learner motorcycle and moped riders must take CBT, which was first introduced in 1990 and has remained largely unchanged since its introduction.  
Riders then have to pass their full motorcycle test within two years or they have to take CBT again.
Last year the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency and the Department for Transport commissioned research into the views of trainers and learner riders on the current CBT, and how any changes would affect new riders.
The research helped shape a number of proposals. These have been developed with a range of motorcycle organisations and the training industry.
A consultation asking for views on the plans has been launched today (10 March 2015) and runs until 21 April 2015.
The consultation is available here.