MCIA's Karen Cole supports TfL rider safety plan


MCIA’s Karen Cole joined the Deputy Mayor for Transport, Val Shawcross today at an event to launch Transport for London’s raft of measures to make motorcycling safer in the capital, particularly for delivery riders.

Measures include:
  • The expansion of the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme, to include motorcycle delivery companies. 
  • Three new training courses launched to improve the skills and confidence of motorcyclists including delivery riders.
  • TfL and the Mayor plan to lobby the Government to take more action to improve rider safety.
MCIA has been working with Transport for London to improve access to high quality motorcycle training, through its programme to ‘accredit’ motorcycle training schools and instructors - MCIAC.  Karen Cole was interviewed by several London TV companies about the partnership. (Pictured).

Karen who is Director of Safety and Training at MCIA said: “Deliveries made on powered two wheelers help reduce congestion for all Londoners and therefore improving the safety of riders is critically important. Making additional training available with accredited motorcycle training schools is a big step in the right direction and we are delighted to be involved in this project.”

Val Shawcross, Deputy Mayor for Transport, said: “We have bold ambitions to make London’s roads safer for everyone, and the high rates of motorcyclists killed or seriously injured on our roads is an absolute tragedy. “Through our pioneering Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme we are working with the industry to improve safety and drive up standards for all riders, and we are determined to increase the quality and availability of training that riders can receive. “But there’s still more we need to do, which is why alongside TfL the Mayor will be lobbying the Government to follow our lead and do more to improve the safety of every road user in London.”

Alongside the development of the FORS scheme, TfL has created three new training courses for motorcyclists in the Capital which boost rider confidence, skills and knowledge before and after Compulsory Basic Training (CBT):
  • Preparing for your CBT: a short, free online course aimed at new and young riders which includes essential riding theory and key elements of The Highway Code.
  • Beyond CBT: Skills for Delivery Riders: a one-day post CBT top-up course fully funded by TfL which teaches riders more about the Highway Code, how to secure and ride with a load, plan routes, make safe deliveries and carry out routine maintenance checks on their motorcycle.
  • 1-2-1 Motorcycle Skills: a free, two-hour, tailor-made one-to-one session with a qualified instructor. Aimed at commuters and those who ride lower capacity motorcycles, riders can use the session to improve confidence on a particular route, such as home to work
You can read Transport for London’s press release for the launch here.