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safety and training in spotlight at AIRSO conference

Motorcycle training, the MCIA’s accreditation scheme, and Kawasaki’s new in-house training scheme are among the topics at the annual conference of road safety officers next month. The day-long get-together of the Association of Industrial Road Safety Officers (AIRSO) convenes in Leicester on Wednesday 31 August. It will again be hosted by Karen Cole, director of safety and training for the Motorcycle Industry Association, and is open to bike dealers, training schools and anyone interested in motorcycle safety.

The day will start off with Sam Manicom who is back by popular demand. Sam is an author and publisher of motorcycle travel books and will be taking a look at the laws surrounding motorcycles worldwide. This is billed as a light-hearted but informative session, with some amazing photographs of the many places Manicom has visited.

Driver training standards manager and keen motorcyclist Gareth Morgan will be looking at the use of stingers to tackle motorcycle criminality. Historically the police have been reluctant to use stopping devices on motorcycles for safety reasons. In conjunction with the national police pursuits review working party, Morgan has looked at this issue and challenges the historic position.

Continuing with enforcement, Nick Croft, a senior adviser with Road safety Support, will present Points or Prison?.  Organisers says this will be a thought-provoking and interesting presentation on a topic that often divides opinion.

After a short break the conference turns to longer-term issues for rider safety. This section begins with Steve Kenward, the CEO of the Motorcycle Industry Association, updating delegates on the progress made over the past two years to deliver actions within the Motorcycle Safety and Transport Policy Framework (MSTP) which encourages more motorcycling to reduce casualties.

This is followed by John Spencer, casualty reduction manager for Northamptonshire County Council. Northamptonshire have adopted MSTP and is the first council actively to encourage more people to use a motorcycle. Spencer will explain why, as well as updating delegates on progress so far.

The emphasis then moves to motorcycle training, and this section begins with Jenny Luckman – Motorcycle Safety Manager, Motorcycle Industry Association. She will discuss  progress made at the MCIA’s two-year-old accreditation scheme with a particular focus on customer feedback surveys, demonstrating why she believes continuous quality assurance is so important.

Howard Dale, general manager of Kawasaki Motors UK, follows, with a discussion on how motorcycle dealerships and ATBs can benefit from working together and how this partnership can benefit customers and improve safety. Dale will introduce the Kawasaki Rider Training scheme and explain why Kawasaki is investing in this new project.

After lunch, Chris Hardy, director of Motoairbag UK, will explain and demonstrate the technology behind airbag protectors and how they reduce injury, as well as discussing the thorny issue of VAT on protective clothing for motorcyclists. Next on the agenda is Mark Jaffe, chief examiner, Diamond – Driving Instructors Association – who will host a session on advanced riding and how this can be developed, especially in the corporate sector.

The day will close with a presentation from Mark Winn, head of motorcycling for the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency. Winn is also back by popular demand following a very interesting presentation last year, and will make sure all delegates leave knowing what the DVSA has planned for trainers and motorcycle training in the future.

The AIRSO conference will be held at the Hinckley Island Hotel, Leicestershire, on Wednesday, 31 August. The cost for this day-long conference is £80 or £70 for AIRSO members. Contact Sandra Macdonald-Ames using [email protected]

AIRSO was formed in 1965 to provide support for individuals working in the area of road safety; particularly within industry and as a means by which the views among professional colleagues could be exchanged. Membership of AIRSO has since developed and is open to any person whose work is in any way connected with the promotion of road safety. It became a charity in 1966.



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