August 1st, 2017.

The government’s Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is officially endorsing the Motorcycle Industry Accreditation Centre’s (MCIAC’s) ATB managers’ course.

On the back of a formal process of evaluation by the DVSA, its head of rider policy, Mark Winn and Chris Parr, rider policy manager, jointly stated; “There is clear evidence the MCIAC Quality Assurance Programme is based on and reflects the DVSA’s National Standards.

“The comprehensive framework developed by MCIAC provides detailed and clear standards of business operations that ATBs should aspire to as best practice.”

An evaluation report praised course assets as ‘clear’ and ‘easy to follow’ and predicted that the processes would help improve standards; “With continued and improved take up from riding schools it will go a long way in raising professional business and customer care standards within the motorcycle training industry.”

Karen Cole, director of safety and training at the Motorcycle Industry Association, set up MCIAC over four years ago, during which time nearly 100 sites have gained, or are close to gaining accreditation. She stated; “The DVSA has always been sympathetic to the aims of MCIAC, but it was vital that we had an official endorsement gained through evaluation. We are delighted that we now have this and that we have exceeded expectations."

DVSA's Mark Winn added; “The MCIAC Quality Assured Award for ATB Owners will help riders identify training schools that provide quality training and customer service. The programme helps raise professional business and customer care standards within the motorcycle training industry.

“DVSA plays an important role in regulating and quality assuring motorcycle trainers. The MCIAC quality award builds on this and encourages and supports ATBs to improve their standards.

“By working together, we can enable Safer Riders, Safer Vehicles and Safer Journeys for all.”

To maintain the DVSA’s endorsement, the MCIAC will be subject to annual reviews, with a full re-evaluation every four years.

The full report can be read HERE.