THE DRIVER and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has launched a consultation to gather views on its proposals to improve rider training.

It wants to make sure riders are better prepared for riding on modern roads, so reducing the numbers of motorcyclist killed and seriously injured on the UK’s roads.

The proposed changes, which have been positively received by the MCIA, are targeted at brand new riders taking their CBTs and are centred round more stringent testing, more comprehensive training and improved quality from instructors and schools. One idea is that riders may be required to pass a theory test before taking the CBT, or pass a theory test while taking the course.

Under the proposals, CBT certificate holders who get six penalty points may have their entitlement revoked – meaning riders who commit offences such as careless and dangerous driving would be automatically stopped from riding with L plates.

Another idea is to restrict riders taking a CBT on an automatic bike to only riding an automatic bike.

It’s also proposed that the CBT course syllabus changes from five parts to four, with a focus on the aims of the CBT and importance of equipment, on-site training, motorcycle theory and on-road practical riding. It would be supplemented by improving the way instructors qualify to deliver training along with increased checks on training schools.

The DVSA also wants feedback on the proposal to introduce a training course available to existing riders that’ll allow them to upgrade their licence instead of taking additional tests.

Speaking about the proposals, Gareth Llewellyn, Chief Executive of the DVSA, said: ‘We want to modernise motorcycle training so that novice riders gain the skills and experience they need to help them and everyone else to stay safe on our roads.’

You can have your say on the proposals by February 17.