Motorcycle riders make up less than 1% of road traffic yet account for nearly 20% of fatalities, with rural roads such as we find around Gloucestershire, Herefordshire & Worcestershire accounting for a far higher ratio in the figures for KSIs (Killed or Seriously Injured). Of these, the highest represented groups are the 16-20 year olds & 45-50 year olds, i.e. generally new or returning riders. To add to this dangerous landscape, there is currently a big gap of support in terms of the motorcycle training environment, in that NONE of the road safety organisations in England - IAM, RoSPA, BikeSafe, although there is one small scheme in Wales - have anything that particularly addresses the needs of post-CBT learner riders.
In the UK learner riders have to take a CBT (Compulsory Basic Training) course before they are allowed onto the road on ‘L Plates’. A CBT is typically half a day of off-road (i.e. away from the road on a car-park or other similar space) training followed by half a day of supervised on-road training. It is valid for 2 years and if the rider has not taken and passed their test within that time, it must be renewed. For eligible riders (aged 24+) there is also the DAS (Direct Access Scheme) which combines a CBT with a number of additional days of supervised on-road training (typically 2-4) followed by a test on the final day. If a DAS student fails the test, they are still able to ride on the road as they have first completed their CBT.