Position Statement – Rider Training
Rider training and education is an important part of any comprehensive motorcycle safety strategy. Training should be considered by motorcyclists as a ‘whole of life’ experience with riders undertaking training throughout their riding career.
Rider training should be encouraged and subsidised in regional areas: To help protect riders by reducing the incidence of motorcycle related crashes and the consequential demand on the community for medical treatment.
Where we are now:-
In NSW novice riders are well catered for by the RTA administered compulsory rider scheme that is implemented by independent rider training schools who are contracted to the RTA.
These independent rider training schools also offer a range of post licence training.
There are also a number of operators who conduct track days at various race track venues.
A survey by the MCC in 2002 found that 54% of riders had undertaken some form of post licence training, the majority of which within the last 4 years. This survey concentrated on motorcyclists who reside in the Sydney / Wollongong / Newcastle region and would have greater access to courses than riders in rural areas.
In 1992 – 1994, 19% of motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes were unlicensed. The current stringent requirements for learner training could be discouraging some riders from obtaining a licence.
2009 to 2013 crash data shows unlicensed riders represent 7% of all riders in crashes but 19% of those in fatal crashes and 35% of all riders with illegal blood alcohol when they crashed.
A limited driver improvement program has been operating in NSW for several years. The Traffic Offenders Program (TOP) is an informal program available at some courts, which is primarily a pre-sentencing road safety education program directed to serious and/or repeat traffic offenders.
Where we want to be:-
- That riders view training as a whole of life experience where they undertake training throughout their riding career.
- That a range of courses are readily accessible in both metropolitan and regional areas at moderate cost to all those wishing to undertake training.
- That all road riders are licensed.
- That returning riders are required to undertake skills training and assessment prior to riding again.
How to get there:-
Encourage riders to undertake regular post licence training to extend their skills, awareness and experience, by marketing refresher and advanced rider training courses in those areas of NSW where motorcycling is popular.
Offer incentives such as reduced licensing and registration fees and silver and gold to platinum licence grades to riders who undertake regular skills courses.
Introduce mandatory rider skills training when riders move up to larger capacity motorcycles.