November 10th 2004.

The British School of Motoring's Rider Training division (BSMRT) has written a list of recommendations for improving road safety for motorcyclists. Responding to a 14 per cent increase in deaths and serious injuries to motorcycle riders, the organisation is taking steps to reduce accidents, particularly those caused by rider error.

The training body hopes to improve rider safety by calling on the Government to improve training standards and the regulation of training, and by developing industry standards through a new BSM partnership accreditation scheme.

The BSMRT's ten calls for action for the DSA include:

1. Revise methods of assessing and registering Approved Training Bodies, courses and instruction.
2. Review the resource required to ensure the adequate supervision of the Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) Course.
3. Review and amend the legislation that allows a novice rider to complete a CBT on an automatic machine and then progress on to a geared machine without further training.
4. Review and overhaul the procedure for becoming a qualified motorcycle instructor.
5. Remove the ability of non-qualified instructors to train and instruct post-CBT riders on learner-legal machines.
6. Work to communicate the requirements of CBT and the elements of a good training centre more clearly to new and experienced riders.
7. Review the format, purpose and supervision of the Direct Access Scheme.
8. Review the 'restricted licence' approach to training and the current ability to gain an unrestricted licence without having to show evidence of practical experience following a two-year gap.
9. Review the test-booking procedure for Approved Training bodies and eliminate the 'lottery' method of booking tests.
10. Investigate instigating a more practical and thorough form of post-test training.

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