December 19th, 2017.

The Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) held a consultation last year on proposals to improve the way that motorcycle training works in Great Britain.

Mark Winn, Head of Rider and Vocational Policy, has posted a blog on the agency’s website explaining how the proposals will work and how they'll be progressing them in the new year.

Here is an excerpt from that blog and a link to the full post;
Last year, between 30 December 2016 and the 17 February 2017 we held a consultation on proposals to improve the way that motorcycle training works in Great Britain.

Last December, I explained the proposals, what they might mean to you and your pupils and the road safety benefits they’ll achieve.

Thank you to those of you who took part in the consultation. We received over 2,200 responses and the proposals were strongly supported by the motorcycle industry.

Update the qualification process for motorcycle instructors

We’d like to replace the current compulsory basic training (CBT) and direct access scheme (DAS) instructor assessments with a single assessment. Instructors would then be able to provide training for all categories of motorcycle after passing it.

87% of those who responded to the consultation supported improving the way that instructors qualify to provide motorcycle training.

Update the content and structure of the CBT syllabus

We proposed to update the CBT syllabus, so it’s aligned more closely with the national standard for riding mopeds and motorcycles. Riders will be required to ‘know and understand’ rather than ‘be taught’ the different elements in the CBT syllabus. This reflects a more modern approach to client-centred learning.

85% of those who responded to the consultation agreed we should restructure CBT courses to focus on;
• the importance of equipment and safety clothing
• on-site training
• motorcycling theory
• on-road practical riding skills

Strengthen the quality assurance scheme for motorcycle instructors

We want to introduce mandatory quality assurance checks for all approved motorcycle training courses (this includes CBT, DAS and any future progressive access training courses) – not just CBT. This would give assurance that training is being provided to the required standard.

97% of those who responded to the consultation support increasing the range of checks that DVSA carries out on motorcycle training schools."

CLICK HERE for more on this topic, including, the introduction of a licence upgrade training course, restrict learner riders to automatic motorcycles, if used for CBT, revoking CBT certificates, and so on.