Raising motorcycle training standards
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. Successful MCIAC accreditation results in the ‘award’ of either ‘standard’ or ‘gold’ certification, with resulting ‘accreditation marks’, that can be displayed on corresponding websites and literature.
According to the MCIA, the process of MCIAC accreditation, is central to the Motorcycle Safety and Transport Policy Framework, which sets-out a strategy for increasing levels of motorcycle transportation in the UK, alongside the importance of improved standards of training and reduced motorcycle accident deaths/serious injuries.
Should learner riders use an MCIAC accredited provider?
According to published statistics, riding a motorcycle is more dangerous than driving a car. It can also be said that riding a motorcycle demands considerably more skill and concentration – especially where motorcyclists ride to high defensive riding standards. Aside from the very real human consequences of motorcycle accidents, financial costs are considerable and several high level directives are conspiring to improve things.
The fact is that not all motorcycle training schools work to the same high standards and until now, there has been no reliable or quantifiable way for learner riders to choose a motorcycle training school on the grounds of their published quality standards. Given that a new riders ability to ride safely, is underpinned by the quality and effectiveness of their motorcycle training ‘experience’, it’s not difficult to join the dots and suggest that learner riders should be mindful of choosing their motorcycle training school with care.
That said, whilst MCIAC accreditation allows a learner rider to be better informed in their choice of an Approved Training Body (ATB), it is also important to point out that a significant number of motorcycle training schools already deliver at the highest industry standards and should not be automatically ‘marked down’ where MCIAC accreditation has yet to be gained.
Should learner riders buy cut price motorcycle training?
In recent years, it seems that growing numbers of motorcycle training schools have chosen to compete on price – resulting in novice riders ‘shopping around’ for the best deal on their Compulsory Basic Training or other motorcycle training course. Alongside this, some schools have been forced to increase their student-to-learner ratios to compensate. In the scheme of motorcycle safety and quality training, none of this is good news. The fact is that quality training does not go hand-in-glove with cheap or cut price deals. It’s more likely that the opposite is true and that higher prices, will often be an indication of higher quality training.
It’s valid therefore that the MCIAC website, literature and press releases, are all drawing learner riders attention to price considerations and many other potential ways of assessing the quality and effectiveness of a motorcycle training schools ‘offering’.
Overview of MCIAC Accreditation process
Inline with their continued growth, the MCIAC have launched a new promotional video to their YouTube channel that encourages novice riders to consider that not all motorcycle training schools are the same and that seeking out an MCIAC accredited ATB, gives peace of mind that a quality motorcycle training experience will result. The video, featuring […]
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The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) have announced that following a period of formal evaluation, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have officially endorsed the Motorcycle Industry Accreditation Centre’s (MCIAC) ATB Managers Course. Via four modules (designed for ATB owners), the course covers the following: Delivering professional customer services Managing team performance Business administration Information […]