The motorcycle training industry has suffered from a lack of professional status and patchy standards for a number of years, with no clear system of signposting for customers to find quality instructors. This was not good for customers, or quality training businesses, which had no way of showing customers they were a safe pair of hands to train with.
The MCIAC and this website allows customers to see the schools who have gone further to prove that they run superior training businesses.
Here’s what the government agency responsible for driving standards (DVSA) says about MCIAC courses:
“The DVSA is convinced that continuing to raise the quality of rider training is the key to improving the safety of motorcyclists, who are currently over represented in casualty statistics. In order to achieve this, DVSA is committed to modernising rider training. It wants more up-to-date teaching methods incorporated into rider instruction and to see training businesses adopt a more ‘client centred’ approach.
Vocational training is an effective way of evidencing high standards and the DVSA is pleased to see the Motorcycle Industry Association has developed a well-structured programme of IMI Quality Assured Awards for training businesses and their instructors, which place ‘customer experience’ first.
The competences set out in DVSA’s National Standard for Riding Mopeds and Motorcycles are well met in the two courses on offer; one for existing DVSA Approved Training Bodies (ATBs) and the other for instructors working in ATBs which have completed the course.
Rider training must take account of 21st century road and traffic conditions and make adjustments for developments in motorcycle technology. These robust syllabuses, which more closely match training standards in other industries, are the DVSA’s preferred way of achieving this.
Well run ATBs will benefit from being able to show customers that they meet the rigorous standards required by both courses. Most importantly, riders will benefit from clearer signposting as to how to select a quality business to train with, which should have a positive outcome on the DVSA’s mission to achieve ‘safe riding for life’.”
Alistair Peoples – DVSA