The DfT and DVSA have today (10 March) launched a consultation on plans to improve motorcycle training and in particular compulsory basic training (CBT).
All new learner motorcycle and moped riders must take CBT, which was first introduced in 1990 and has changed little since then.
The plans under consideration include the structure and content of CBT courses, the qualification process for instructors and standards checks for instructors, which assess their ability to teach pupils.
Claire Perry, transport minister said: “Motorcyclists account for one in every five deaths on our roads, despite representing just 1% of all traffic.
“This is a shocking statistic – even more so when you consider that 19% of all reported motorcycle casualties involved riders aged 19yrs and under.
“We must do all we can to improve road safety and I hope our proposals to change the training will do that.”
Last year the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency and DfT commissioned research into the views of trainers and learner riders on the current CBT, and how any changes would affect new riders.
The research helped shape the proposals now out for consultation which have been developed with a range of motorcycle organisations and the training industry.
The consultation runs until 21 April 2015.