TfL look to raise standard of riders
Transport for London and the Mayor of London have announced plans to create three new training courses for riders in the capital, to boost rider confidence, skill and knowledge.
The move is part of TfL and the Mayor’s Vision Zero approach to eliminating death and serious injury from collisions on the capital’s roads by 2041. TfL published figures in September which showed motorcycle riders and their pillions accounted for 27% of serious injuries and 28% of all road fatalities in London during 2016.
The three new training courses are:
Preparing for your CBT
A free online course aimed at new riders which includes riding theory and elements of the Highway Code.
Beyond CBT: Skills for Delivery Riders
A one day top up course funded by TfL which teachers riders more about the Highway Code, how to secure and ride with a load, plan routes, make safer deliveries and perform basic maintenance checks.
1-2-1 Motorcycle Skills
A free, two hour session with an instructor tailor made to each individual rider. TfL say this course is aimed more at commuters and riders of lower capacity machines.
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.
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“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.”
The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme, which has been used in the haulage industry since 2011, will also expand to include motorcycle delivery riders.
The voluntary Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme promotes safety, efficiency and environmental best practice, awarding companies bronze, silver or gold awards depending on their performance.