Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Enhanced Rider Scheme (ERS)

DSA Press release


New training for qualified bikers unveiled
A new training scheme for bikers has been unveiled today by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) at the Motorcycle and Scooter Show, NEC, Birmingham.

The scheme has been designed by the Agency and the motorcycle industry as a road safety initiative aimed at saving lives. It was officially launched earlier today by Road Safety Minister Jim Fitzpatrick when he visited London’s Road Safety Expo 07 at the QE2 Centre.

Figures show that motorcyclists are by far the most vulnerable of all road users. In Britain alone the death and serious injury rate is sixteen times higher if you ride a bike than if you drive a car.

Jim Fitzpatrick said: “The Enhanced Rider Scheme is aimed at improve ing the road safety skills of the bike and scooter riders already on the roads. We want to help qualified riders stay safe and reduce accidents at the same time.”

The new scheme offers bikers a ‘riders’ health check’ by qualified assessors across Britain. These assessors are on the Register of Post-Test Motorcycle Trainers, which was set up as part of the Government’s Motorcycling Strategy. They will follow a new training package intended to benefit all bike riders who have a full motorcycle licence, regardless of the size of the bike and the experience of the rider.
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