The MCIA have been lobbying government on various fronts during lockdown, with particular emphasis on allowing training schools to conduct CBT for all, rather than just essential workers. The seemingly watertight argument centred on the fact that both student and trainer were outside, socially distant and wearing PPE.
In a statement issued this morning the MCIA commented “We are extremely disappointed to learn that another opportunity to put PTWs at the heart of getting the economy back on its wheels has been lost, as government has decided to maintain the closure of training schools for the time being.
“The government case highlights a wish to avoid a second wave of virus infections, which is something that we all want to avoid but will have our own opinions on the impact of rider training on this.
“Notwithstanding this temporary disappointment, we can all be heartened with the response to our mutual “Unlock your Freedom” campaign and the very positive feedback from dealers and distributors about retail traffic, backed by encouraging registration stats.”
The MCIA continues to push government to open up motorcycle testing and training, but the essential worker list is now quite exhaustive and therefore exclusions, for CBT at least, are limited.