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MCIA launches post-test rider training initiative

Road safety isn’t motorcycling’s only problem – but it’s one of the big ones. Despite all the advances in technology, bikers are still massively over-represented in road accident statistics. According to the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA), we represent just 1% of the total miles travelled in the UK but makeup 20% of those killed and seriously injured – not good.

So the MCIA is doing its bit with a new centralised online portal which brings together and promotes a wide range of safety and training organisations in the UK. Launched at the start of the 2022 riding season, the Elite Rider Programme aims to increase the proportion of riders taking post-test training schemes and motivate riders to ride more considerately towards other road users and the environment.

The heart of the scheme is the Elite Rider Hub – an online portal at www.eliteriderhub.co.uk, which is packed with info for newly-qualified and experienced riders alike, with links to all the major operators in advanced training. That includes the obvious ones like RoSPA, IAM, DoT Enhanced Rider scheme and Bikesafe, as well as training schools from the big bike firms like BMW, Honda and Kawasaki. There is also input from associated outfits like Biker Down, DocBike and Mental Health Motorbike, all aimed at the health and wellbeing side of riding.

Tony Campbell, MCIA CEO told us: “As an industry, we believe that better-trained riders will be safer riders, and post-test training will be the best way to address this. Improving our road safety record will be key to the industry’s future. However, this is not just the rider’s fault. Therefore MCIA will continue to pressure government on what can be done to improve infrastructure, safe road space and the training of other road users.”

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