Motorcycle instructors invited to join new register
The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) is putting in place a new voluntary register of post-test motorcycle trainers to help riders continue to improve their skills, and will be inviting instructors to join from 5 February.
The new register is being implemented by the DSA as part of the Government's motorcycle strategy, which has the objective of reducing casualties to motorcyclists.
Dr Stephen Ladyman, road safety minister, said: "As someone who enjoys motorcycling I am all too aware of the risks the roads can pose. Bikes get faster and more complex and the roads get busier - which can prove a dangerous cocktail for distracted or rusty riders.
"Most of us could benefit from being more aware when out on our bikes, and this new register will help motorcyclists who want to do just that. Once it is fully established, you will be able to find instructors in your area who offer the post-test training you need to stay a competent and safe rider."
Rosemary Thew, DSA's chief executive, said: "Motorcycle instructors who join the register will be making a valuable contribution to road safety. They should also benefit from continuing professional development, possible increases in business opportunities and may even see some insurance incentives."
From summer 2007, bikers looking for post-test training will also be able to use the register to search for experienced post-test motorcycle trainers who are DSA accredited. The register will enable bikers to make informed choices about post-test training designed to improve riding skills, raise awareness of risk, foster safer attitudes and behaviour, and ultimately contribute to a reduction in the number of accidents involving motorcycles.
The new register will be officially launched at ACE Motorcycle Café, Wembley, London) on 7 February by Stephen Ladyman, Rosemary Thew and senior representatives from the motorcycle industry.
For further information contact the DSA on 0115 901 2595, or visit www.transportoffice.gov.uk/rpmt
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