The Register of Post-Test Motorcycle Trainers (RPMT)
It’s a serious matter of safety. If you wouldn’t risk your mate coming round to sort out the gas supply in your home then why would anyone ever risk their lives and that of others to an unqualified person who owns a motorcycle and take their advice as to how to ride it? It doesn’t make sense at all and in the long term it also damages the industry. Anyone out there who’s holding themselves out to be an advanced motorcycling instructor or anyone out there who just thinks yep, I own a motorbike so I must know how to teach someone else, you should stop this practice now please.
If I could show you how not to crash, ever, how to be quick without busting a gut to keep up with anyone else on the road, always, would you have a different view to that of taking advice from someone who just owns a set of keys to a motorbike? Would you be prepared to spend some money on yourself and really develop as a rider? After all, your bike wasn’t cheap was it? How much do you value your skills, your life and those of your loved ones? Have a real good think about that one and be honest with yourself when you think about you and your motorbike or motorbikes even.
Earlier this year I was present when I overheard an experienced rider give his opinion and advice to a small group of riders with similar experience. I was near the group and travelling in the same direction at about the same time. I disagreed entirely with the advice given but the circumstances meant I had to keep my counsel or get involved in a public scene. It was none of my business, though I wish I had said something.
I learned that the rider giving the advice has done some part-time observing and assessing but his full time work is nothing to do with training, assessing or observing. As I feared, the riders took his advice and they agreed what to do. I rode my own ride, keeping in touching distance but no more as we appeared to be going to the same destination. Later that day I watched those riders and the rider that gave the advice cause a crash with a group of innocent oncoming riders. It was completely unacceptable. I hope you understand my point. It’s not the first time by a long way that I have overheard such inaccurate advice being given by those who think they know how to assess because they have a little bit of experience in ‘training’.
Are you qualified or playing at it?
The people who tell you that it’s not necessary to be properly qualified to teach, or to coach riders beyond passing their test, are always the ones that aren’t qualified. Simply, the facts are that they just have a very misinformed opinion. The actual situation is that anyone can join the Register of Post-Test Motorcycle Trainers if they are prepared to do the necessary study, training and exams and then prove to DVSA that they have the skills. It makes the anti Register arguments just a bucket full of sour grapes I’m afraid.
The Register of Post-Test Motorcycle Trainers and Standards
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency has a Register of Post-Test Motorcycle Trainers, (RPMT) for a reason. Presently they operate it as a voluntary register. Qualified instructors pay their due fees to be registered and they commit to having to pay attention to the standards of training delivered to the public as well as their own standards – their standards can be checked at any time and they can be removed from the register for unsatisfactory performance. You’ll find that those not on it will criticise it, undermine it and say anything at all to hide the fact that they aren’t qualified to be on it for one reason or another. It’s a very sad state of affairs and such negativity perpetrated by those who happen to think they know creates a very high risk for the unsuspecting motorcycling public. The quickest, easiest and safest way for the public to have confidence in post-test training would be to make the RPMT compulsory, immediately.
RoSPA Diploma and BTEC
It is strongly advised that if you are considering having any training beyond passing your test then you look at the RPMT register first of all. If you already have lots of experience as well, then it is best to consider the Register and approach those on it that are clearly very qualified to teach you at the higher standards. The better you are, the better your instructor should be. It’s your life and limbs. Current holders of the proven teaching qualifications such as a RoSPA Diploma in Advanced Riding Instruction and holders of the Edexcel BTEC Advanced Motorcycle Award are the ones to go to. You will find them on the Register of Post-Test Motorcycle Trainers. Anything else is just playing at it and dangerous.