Date: 2nd June 2017
Client: Motorcycle Council of NSW

Press Release: Rider Training Position Statement


A call for motorcyclists to access lifetime compulsory training courses.

The Motorcycle Council of NSW is seeking to increase compulsory training to reduce the incidence of motorcycle related crashes and the consequential demand on the community for medical treatment.

Mr Steve Pearce, Treasurer of MCCNSW said ‘With significant increases in motorcycle casualties since 2000, we need to make the roads safer for motorcyclists.  We are seeing more and more riders on the road, with a 41% increase in motorcycle registrations and a 17% increase in motorcycle licences in the four years between 2006-2010.  []

“A MCCNSW survey conducted in 2002 found that 54% of riders had undertaken some form of post licence training, the majority of which had been within the last 4 years.’ said Mr Pearce.  ‘However, this survey concentrated on motorcyclists who reside in the Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle regions, who would have had greater access to courses than riders in rural areas.

“We want riders to view training as a whole of life experience where they undertake training throughout their riding career.  To enable this to happen, a range of courses need to be readily accessible in both metropolitan and regional areas at moderate cost to all those wishing to undertake training.  Part of this training should include returning riders required to undertake skills training and assessment prior to riding again.” said Mr Pearce.

“In NSW, novice riders are well catered for by the RMS administered compulsory rider scheme.  This is implemented by independent rider training schools who are contracted to the RMS.  These independent rider training schools also offer a range of post licence training. In addition, there are numerous operators who conduct training at various race track venues.”

Mr Pearce said that 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.

He added, “MCCNSW also want to ensure that all road riders are licensed.  Between 2009 to 2013 crash data shows unlicensed riders represent 7% of all riders in crashes.  Of these, 19% were fatal crashes and 35% of all riders had an illegal blood alcohol when they crashed.”

MCCNSW have proposed the following activities to improve rider training:

  • 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, 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.
  • Encourage training schools and ride day operators to run practical courses that teach riding skills, awareness of road conditions and understanding of behavioural issues, by agreeing an effective, practical training framework with all rider training
  • Match motorcycle licensing with motorcycle ownership records so that gaps in motorcycle ownership require a refresher course participation prior to licence re-initiation.
  • Create a marketing campaign which targets non-licenced riders and alerts them to the risks involved.

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