Vocational Training to improve Motorcycle Safety through IMI Accredited Courses Offered through the Motorcycle Industry Accreditation Centre (MCIAC).
MCIAC, based at the headquarters of the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCI) in Coventry, was approved by IMI (Institute of Motor Industry) Awards to provide vocational training courses; one for ATB’s and one for Motorcycle Instructors.
MCIAC believe professionally recognised vocational qualifications are the future for those working in the rider training industry. The Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) hinted at this when they began working with stakeholders on Instructor Registration in 2011/12. This was abandoned when legislative changes became unlikely, so this left only the voluntary route and this is where MCIAC courses come in.
It is important that accredited ATB’s and Instructors get the extra recognition that they deserve for investing time, effort and money in their business. It is also important to the industry as a whole to encourage more, well trained, safe riders on our busy roads and for the future of motorcycling.
Currently the DVSA only check standards once every 4 years on average and are mostly by appointment. With the MCIAC qualifications, all customers of accredited ATBs will be surveyed after their training, which will provide robust evidence based intelligence to ensure that our Quality Assured Award is only given to those ATB’s and Instructors who genuinely meet those standards 100% of the time.
Safety is paramount as we want to see more riders using PTW’s but not at the expense of more casualties and MCI believes that ATB’s and Instructors who take the opportunity to complete these courses will deliver a professional high quality training experience and will be able to prove it. They will also be able to differentiate themselves from other trainers by proving that they are at a higher standard and understand the needs and wants of their customers.
Unfortunately anecdotal evidence suggests that for CBT in particular standards are sometimes not maintained with shortcuts being taken with the mandatory 2 hour road ride cut short and other DVSA regulations not being followed. There have even been reports of CBT certificates being sold without any training taking place, leaving inexperienced riders left to learn about riding on the road by themselves. Insurance data backs up the case for better training, they report seeing very high incidents of motorcycle versus car accidents with ‘rear end shunts’ resulting in high levels of damage claims along with personal injury claims. Higher accident numbers are being reported which could have been avoided if customers had received better training with simple things such as considering different road conditions and the safe gap to leave between vehicles.
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