Is the DVSA raising standards with ERS?
Question: Asked by Julian Nicholls, Biketrain Wales (Cwmbran) – “Accident rates are running high in South Wales and we 100% see a place for ERS. We want to embrace it but need reassurance from the DVSA that they will be increasing standards – not decreasing them and that those who go the ‘ERS only route’ – be fully standards checked to ensure they are fully skilled to deliver ERS. Personally, I’m not sure that the ‘ERS only route’ is a good idea. Your comments appreciated Chris.”
Answer: The DVSA will be standards checking all instructors on the register. We are aware that others join the register from other walks-of-life. Most of the ERS instructors on the register who are not associated with an ATB do hold a lot of external qualifications and we should not dismiss them, nor the value they bring to the scheme. We have a lot of Approved Driving Instructors (ADi’s) who are car instructors, who also deliver the Enhanced Rider Scheme. We also have good numbers of former police officers who may have been working in other road safety related fields, who are also delivering ERS. That said, I can assure you that everyone will have to pass their ERS standards check, which is set at a higher threshold and that way we will maintain standards and not devalue the scheme.
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Resources for ERS instructors & ATB's
The Enhanced Rider Scheme (ERS) resources and information on this page are from a DVSA webinar that was run in association with VideoBiker on the 12th July 2018. The content of this ERS webinar (and this page) is aimed at motorcycle training schools (ATB’s) and motorcycle instructors.
ERS Instructor Q&A
ERS re-launch update
How much should ERS cost?
How long should ERS last for post-test candidates and born-again bikers?
Who should deliver the ‘blood bikers’ and ‘riding abroad’ ERS modules?
Is ERS a training route to A2, A1 and A motorcycle licences
What are the entry requirements for ERS instructors?
How is the DVSA supporting the Enhanced Rider Scheme?
What is the criteria for ERS standards checks?
What is the frequency of ERS standards checks?
Is there an ATB discount for multiple ERS instructors?
What advanced rider qualifications do new ERS instructors need?
What points are required to pass the ERS check test?
Does the new ERS raise motorcycle training standards?
How does the DVSA help to promote the Enhanced Rider Scheme?
How can motorcycle training schools better promote ERS?
Is there an ERS directory for the additional ERS modules?
Further information: DVSA Enhanced Rider Scheme