Launch of free online training course to moped and motorcycle riders

POSTED: 04/08/2020

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has announced the launch of Ridefree — a free online training course that moped and motorcycle riders should complete before taking their CBT course.

It has been developed by DVSA, Highways England and other partners to help new riders prepare for a lifetime of safe riding. The developers of the course say that RideFree takes a fresh approach to compulsory basic training for motorcyclists, by researching the most effective ways of delivering a CBT and getting the best outcomes for young riders.

What the course covers

The course contains 5 online learning modules covering:

          the Highway Code and hazard perception

          clothing, equipment and the importance of maintenance 

          how a rider’s behaviour can affect them and other road users 

Mark Winn, DVSA Chief Driving and Riding Examiner, said: “As motorcyclists are amongst the most vulnerable road users it’s essential they have the right knowledge and skills needed to stay safe on Britain’s roads.”

“Getting the right advice from a professional instructor and the new ride free course helps new riders get the most from their CBT and should improve road safety.”

The course has won a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award and a Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) Kier Road Safety Award.

How to join

Riders can sign up on the Safe Driving for Life website.

Motorcycle tests have restarted

          In England motorcycle training restarted on 4 July and testing restarted on 13 July 2020.

          In Scotland motorcycle training restarted on 22 July and testing restarted on 3 August 2020.

          In Wales motorcycle training restarted on 27 July and testing restarted on 3 August 2020.

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