Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Enhanced Rider Scheme Update from DSA

Extracts from the new DSA leaflet on the Enhanced Rider Scheme:

'We, along with the motorcycle industry, have put
together a new package of training known as the
Enhanced Rider Scheme (ERS).
The scheme is beneficial to all bike riders who have
a full motorcycle licence, no matter what size of bike,
or the experience level of the rider. There is no test
involved and you may not need to take any training if
your skills are assessed as satisfactory. You will also
earn discounts on your insurance as a result!

How does it work?

We, along with training experts, have developed
a training scheme designed to assess your riding,
reduce risk and improve your skills.
• There is an ever-expanding network of approved
trainers across Britain ready and waiting to assess
riders and carry out any recommended training. Visit
www.dsa.gov.uk/Bikes.asp and click on Find Nearest
RPMT trainers and Enhanced Rider Scheme info.
The first step is to visit your local accredited
trainer to assess your riding skills.
• If you have no significant areas of weakness, the
trainer will give you a DSA Certificate of Competence.
You will then qualify for the Enhanced Rider Bonus
insurance discount from one of the many insurers who
have signed up to support the scheme.
• If you do have areas that would benefit from further
training, you would qualify for your certificate after
successfully completing the recommended training.
By having your riding ability assessed, trainers can
tailor a development programme to suit your needs.
Many of the leading motorcycle insurance companies
have signed up to this scheme and are prepared to offer
substantial discounts to riders who have shown they can
ride to the ERS standard and have therefore qualified for
the Enhanced Rider Bonus. The insurance brokers and
direct insurers currently sponsoring the scheme are:
AA Insurance, Bennett’s Insurance, Bikesure, Carole
Nash, Chandler Direct, CIA insurance, Devitt, Direct
Choice Insurance, E Bike, Hastings Direct, MCE
Insurance, Lexham, Motorcycle Direct, Norwich Union
Direct, Express Insurance, Rampdale, Premium Choice
and Swinton Insurance. The scheme is supported by
the following insurers: AXA, Chaucer Insurance, Equity
Red Star, Groupama, Highway, KGM, Link, Zenith, NIG,
Norwich Union and Royal & Sun Alliance. This list is
continuing to grow.
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