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Gov.uk – Motorcycle helmet law
You must wear a safety helmet that meets British safety standards when riding a motorcycle or moped on the road. All helmets worn on UK roads must meet one of the following: (1) British Standard BS 6658:1985 and carry the BSI Kitemark, (2) UNECE Regulation 22.05 and, (3) a European Economic Area member standard offering at least the same safety and protection as BS 6658:1985, and carry a mark equivalent to the BSI Kitemark. [visit site]

Think – Essential guide protective gear
Wearing the right gear is just as important as having a properly serviced bike and knowing how to ride it. These few short pages are full of useful safety information and advice on how to select the best protective gear – it could make the difference between getting some bumps and bruises and sustaining injuries that could stop you riding again. [get pdf]

Gov.uk – Sharp helmet guide
SHARP provides advice on how to select a helmet that fits correctly and is comfortable and information about the relative safety of helmets to help motorcyclists to make an informed choice. To make best use of our advice, try on as many as helmets possible that are in your price range. Of those that fit correctly and are comfortable, select one with a high SHARP safety (Star) rating. [visit site]

Gov.uk – What to take on test
You must take: (1) your UK photo-card driving licence, (2) your theory test pass certificate, (3) a moped or motorbike, (4) your compulsory basic training (CBT) certificate – unless you’re taking the test to upgrade your full motorcycle licence and, (5) your module 1 test pass certificate – if you’re taking your module 2 test. [visit site]

Gov.uk – Motorcycles for tests
The motorcycle or moped you use for your tests must: (1) be a solo machine – you can only use a sidecar if you have certain disabilities, (2) have a speedometer measuring speed in miles per hour (mph), (3) display L plates (‘L’ or ‘D’ plates in Wales) on the front and rear and, (4) be insured, taxed and roadworthy and have no engine warning lights showing. [visit site]

Gov.uk – Changing test date
Test candidates can use this ‘change your driving test appointment’ service (on-line) to: (1) find an earlier driving test (sometimes called a ‘cancellation appointment’), (2) move your driving test to a later date and/or, (3) change which test centre you take your test at. This service is available from 6am to 11:40pm. [visit site]

Gov.uk – Test Centre
The official illustrated overview diagram of the Module One Motorcycle Manoeuvring Area (MMA) – also known as the MOD 1 Motorcycle Test Area. This is the same diagram that is used by the module one test examiner to explain each exercise. [get pdf]

Gov.uk – Enhanced Rider Scheme
The enhanced rider scheme checks a riders motorcycle riding skills and provides training to help improve. There is no test. The scheme is suitable for riders who: (1) have just passed theirr test, (2) are returning to riding after a break, (3) are upgrading to a more powerful motorcycle and/or, (4) want to check their riding standard [visit site]

Gov.uk – DVSA
The DVSA carry out driving tests, approve people to be driving instructors and MOT testers, carry out tests to make sure lorries and buses are safe to drive, carry out roadside checks on drivers and vehicles, and monitor vehicle recalls. The DVSA is an executive agency, sponsored by the Department for Transport. [visit site]

ROSPA Advanced Riders
Advanced Drivers and Riders aim is to reduce road accidents by encouraging an interest in road safety, by improving driving standards, knowledge and skill. In order to do this RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders have over 65 local groups that will provide free training to help riders to improve their driving and riding skills and prepare them to take the Advanced Test. [read more]

Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM RoadSmart)
IAM RoadSmart make better drivers and riders. As a registered UK charity formed in 1956, they have spent more than 60 years making the roads safer by improving driver and rider skills through coaching and education. IAM RoadSmart’s qualified experts, their network of thousands of volunteers and 200 local groups are IAM’s lifeblood. They champion the IAM RoadSmart cause and help drive a vision – to be the best, most recognised provider of coaching and advice for all post-licence drivers and riders – and this mission is to make better drivers and riders. [read more]

BikeSafe
BikeSafe is a Police led motorcyclist advisory, assessment and referral scheme. Workshops typically run throughout the spring and summer months. The aims of BikeSafe are to encourage those attending to then go onto take advantage of accredited post-test training and to encourage positive rider behaviour and attitudes. Whilst advanced police riders are some of the safest on the roads, BikeSafe is not in the business of delivering rider training to the public, hence BikeSafe is not a training scheme in itself. However, through BikeSafe workshops, Officers provide detailed briefings on hazard awareness and how to make riding a motorcycle safer – followed up in most forces by an on-road assessed ride. [read more]

Devitt Insurance
Devitt Insurance has been arranging motorcycle insurance for UK bikers since 1936 – providing excellent customer service that is both helpful and clear. 2016 marked their 80th year as Devitt Insurance. [read more]

Sports Bike Shop
SPORTSBIKESHOP is one of the UK’s fastest growing on-line retailers of motorcycle clothing and accessories. Over the last 10 years they have grown from a spare bedroom business into the biggest online motorcycle clothing & accessories retailer in the UK. [visit site]

Airvest (UK)
Motorcycle air vests and air jackets offer a higher level of personal protection, giving riders an extra insurance against the worst happening. For good reason, the market leader for motorcycle air vests is Helite. Their advanced technology body worn airbag protection system utilises ‘turtle technology’ – minimising whiplash injury, bringing protection to the spine and providing rigid protection to the body torso. [read more]

Ultimate Ear (UK)
Ultimate Ear is the UK market leader for custom-fit, moulded motorcycle ear plugs. Their motorcycle hearing protection systems (ear plugs) are more effective than off-the-shelf solutions and whilst a little more expensive, are 100% worth the investment. [read more]

British Biker Relief Foundation (BBRF)
BBRF supports UK motorcyclists and families affected by life changing injuries or a fatality, resulting from a road traffic accident. In the true spirit of the biker community, the BBRF extend their support to all motorcyclists and not just to BBRF members. [read more]

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity
In 2015, the Midlands Air Ambulance flew 126 missions that involved a motorcycle accident. This equates to one flight every three days where the Midlands Air Ambulance was deployed in support of a biker. Looking at the big picture, in 2015, around one-fifth of all Midlands Air Ambulance attended road traffic accidents involved a motorcycle rider. [read more]

DocBike
DocBike is a well researched, exciting and innovative motorcycle safety partnership. Initially it was a local collaboration between PC Chris Smith (Dorset Police BikeSafe) and Dr Ian Mew (Intensive Care and Air Ambulance Doctor). The project has since evolved a compelling national strategy and is now partnered with The Trauma Audit and Research Network (TARN), with a remit to expand national understanding of motorcycle accident prevalence and the effectiveness of PPE. [read more]

Motorcycle Industry Accreditation Centre (MCIAC) - MCIA initiativeMotorcycle Industry Accreditation Centre (MCIAC)
The Motorcycle Industry Accreditation Centre (MCIAC) is an MCIA initiative, designed and intended to raise motorcycle training standards throughout the UK. The ‘scheme’, whilst endorsed by the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), is not compulsory. Approved Training Bodies (ATB’s) – more commonly referred to as Motorcycle Training Schools, can ‘volunteer’ to participate with the MCIAC accreditation process. [read more]

Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA)Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA)
The MCIA is reported to represent the interests of 85% of the industries supply chain – including motorcycle manufacturers, motorcycle importers, motorcycle accessory companies, component suppliers and various other associated companies. With an over-riding remit to protect and broaden the interests of the motorcycle industry, the MCIA is connected at policy level with virtually all relevant stakeholder groups. [read more]

Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)
Through the work of the DVSA and other motoring organisations, the UK is acknowledged as being amongst the best in the world for road and motorcycle safety. As with the philosophy of VideoBiker, the DVSA constantly strives to improve this position by reducing motorcycle accident related deaths and serious injuries. [read more]

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