Friday, June 20, 2008

DSA Enhanced Rider Scheme Check Test - Observations

Well, where do I start.......

I had to wear a combined single ear piece/ microphone, made by Sonic. I couldn't use my intercom system. The DSA system was uncomfortable to wear and at speed cut out, making the job of giving good instruction advice, frustrating. When I got back I mentioned the 'dirty' mouth piece I had to use - quote-'We use telephone wipes to clean them'. I did all my on road debriefs with my helmet on, not ideal, but I didn't fancy struggling with the Sonic stuff again. Nevermind only 1 hour to do it the corect way.......
I didn't start off very well, as since my initial contact with the examiner, I made him fully aware of the video system on my motorcycle. Just before we went 'on road'-Quote' You will have to wipe the footage after - Data Protection'. I nearly said, Well stuff the check test, it is only voluntary. Having spent 30 years in the Police Force, you bite your lip and go with the system. I could have switched it on halfway round the test route, but could't be bothered. An ideal opportunity of promotion lost as the Examiner who was role playing did a great job. Nothing that wouldn't have been good on video.
As a commercial trainer I wasn't pleased about the length of the assessment, how can you assess in 60 minutes, and that includes 15 minutes messing with the intercom. It needs to be longer.
This may seem negative, but sometimes you have to think, is it worth it......
The scheme is a good thing, but I think it is suffering from lack of direction, which starts with publicity.
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