October 24 2006.

'The RMI Motorcycle Rider Training Association (MRTA) will continue its robust campaigning in relation to oncoming rider test legislation,' said *Nigel Osborne, new Executive Committee chairman for the MRTA - part of the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMIF) - at the start of his three-year term.
'In recent years, we've been vocal on critical subjects, as our members would expect us to be - for example, getting vital changes made to the regulations implementing the 2nd EU Driving Licence Directive. However, we must not rest on our laurels: the potentially damaging 3rd  Driving Licence Directive law - among others  - is upon us, so it is crucial that we substantially increase our influence in Europe by regular liaison with policy-makers in the Department for Transport (DFT) and the Driving Standards Agency (DSA).'
Osborne - who owns Channel Rider Training in Folkestone, Kent - has been an MRTA member for six years. He replaces Kevin Bryan, who now becomes vice chairman.
He added: 'The MRTA will endeavour to bring together the interests of the "Bikesafe" initiative, insurance companies and the DSA by delivering safer riding and a more robust training provision, which will lead to lower claims. These activities will complement the work of the National Motorcycle Council, on which the MRTA sits.'
Mike Owen, MRTA head, said: 'I am delighted to welcome Nigel as chair. His energy, drive and enthusiasm make him the ideal candidate to take over this influential role from Kevin, who has been an indomitable campaigning force for our industry.'