The DVSA are have launched a consultation to gather feedback on their plans to change motorcycle training the UK as a way of making bikers safer and thus all vehicle owners safer in the process. The main target of these changes is to give new and existing riders a more in depth set of training courses so they have the experience they need to make riding their bike as rewarding and safe as possible.
Most of the changes that are proposed are relating to the CBT, (Compulsory Basic Training). These changes are aimed at making it safer for someone who is getting ready to take their full test while riding using an L plate. The DVSA propose to make it so if an individual with CBT certificates gets 6 penalty points they can have their certificates revoked making them unable to ride with L plates, this will only affect new riders and will be used as a way to incentivise safe riding amongst the newest people to join the community. Also proposed is to introduce a theory test that is taken either before the CBT course or during, doing this would give new riders a better understanding of the laws of the road making it safer for them to ride while getting ready for their full test. Finally they would like to make it so if you take your CBT course on an automatic motorcycle that is all you are qualified to ride this will give the new riders more experience on the type of bike that they will later be riding.
The DVSA is also looking to introduce training courses that will be aimed at upgrading an existing motorcycle licence, this is aimed at giving the rider more experience on the vehicle that they are looking at purchasing making them safer at riding that type of vehicle. To run alongside this they are also looking at improving the way that their instructors qualify. Giving them more knowledge and making them better equipped to teach new riders all the way up to experienced riders looking to upgrade their licence. They also propose to give riding schools that deliver high standards recognition, making it easier for prospective riders to find high quality schools to improve the overall learning experience.
These changes are being considered to better prepare new riders for the realities of riding on modern roads while also helping existing riders by helping to make the people around them safer, this will mean a safer community for everyone and a better riding experience in our roads.