Available studies have consistently showed that human error is the most frequent accident causation factor. Obviously the efforts should be orientated towards cultivating safety culture for all road users including PTW riders. Training could play a significant role in this process. Therefore the PTW industry has always been in a favour of life-long training incorporating initial rider training, training of riders upgrading to more powerful bikes, training of holders of B licence using the equivalence options and last but not least post-licence voluntary training. Voluntary post-licence training is vital since it allows riders to increase their safety awareness, as well as enhance their hazard perception skills. Post-licence training is recommended for all riders, particularly those who are upgrading to a more powerful vehicle or returning to riding after an extended period of time.
The motorcycle industry considers that PTW safety improvements could be realized only by truly applying an integrated approach encompassing vehicle technology, human factor and infrastructure.
Even the most sophisticated motorcycle equipped with the most advanced technologies available in the market will not bring substantial safety benefits if the rider does not share the road with other road users in a responsible and safe manner.
Two years ago the industry launched a renewed motorcycle safety strategy calling for an inclusive approach towards motorcycling and inviting authorities to integrate PTWs in their national safety and mobility plans in order to benefit from all advantages offered by PTWs to the society.
The industry strategy reflecting upon the integrated approach has three main pillars: vehicle technology, country tailored policies and rider training.
Under the umbrella of training pillar ACEM has joined forces with the German Road Safety Council (DVR) to launch the European Training Quality Label for post-licence training.
Nowadays there are hundreds of post-licence training schemmes available in Europe, but unfortunately the quality is really heterogenous and it is not an easy for riders to make an informed decison.
The European Training Quality Label guarantees that the training riders will receive is of high quality and that safety is the key component of the training programme.