18/11/2019

DVSA gives the MCIA RIDE training school accreditation the thumbs up

The following is a quote from the MCIA and how the accreditation has been received. Lightning Motorcycle Training has been accreditated for the past four years.

"At the start of this project the DVSA were looking into the option of people upgrading their motorcycle licences by attending training at approved ATBs rather than the current test method, however there was some concern over how the DVSA would know which training schools could be used.  It was suggested that they would look for training schools that held some sort of earned recognition or formal award such as MCIA RIDE (or MCIAC as it was then).  I’m sure you can imagine the DVSA will not sign off just any programme without thoroughly inspecting it.  To this end the DVSA have attended both days of the classroom session that takes part at the start of an MCIA RIDE course, thoroughly reviewed all course resources and information, and have accompanied MCIA RIDE assessors when they have made visits to training schools as part of the accreditation process.  They have concluded that:

The Rider Training Industry Competence – ATB owner course exceeded expectations; it is very comprehensive and designed around industry best practice.

MCIA RIDE have developed an extensive online resource library providing information ranging from Health and Safety procedures through to developing a radio communications strategy.

The quality manual is clear, easy to follow and contains a comprehensive range of measures that are specifically relevant to running an ATB. The quality manual enables ATBs to review all key areas of their business against industry best practice and DVSA standards.
The MCIA RIDE accreditation for Rider Training Industry Competence (ATB Owner) sets a high standard. With continued and improved take up from riding schools it will go a long way in raising professional business and customer care standards within the motorcycle training industry.

Along with the endorsement we also had their assurance that when earned recognition comes in, the MCIA RIDE programme will exceed any requirements which will help to “future proof” accredited ATBs.  Unfortunately due to “Brexit” a complete halt has been put on any legislation changes which has meant that earned recognition and the progressive licence has not materialised, however in the same time frame the DVSA have established a full time enforcement team to target those ATBs that are cutting corners and offering sub-standard training. Whilst they are within their rights to check any training school we know that accredited ATBs tend not to be targeted as the DVSA are happy with the checks that we do."