Course Aims & Objectives
1% of all road users in the UK are motorcyclists. 20% of all Road Traffic Accidents that result in Death or Serious Injury involve a motorcyclist. 1 in 3 of these riders are 16-24 year old moped riders. ( Social Research Associates (SRA) and the University College London (UCL) , 2008. www.sraltd.co.uk)
Part of this study conducted by the SRA and UCL revealed that in Bristol most of these riders lived in the most deprived areas of the city and from 150 16-17 year old moped riders who lived in these areas:-
- 25% had not taken Compulsory Basic Training
- 25% admitted to de-restricting their mopeds (invalidated their vehicle insurance)
- 50% had been involved in a Road Traffic accident and gave multiple causes such as:-
- Poor road surfaces (83%)
- Dangerous Driving by others (75%)
- Dangerous Driving by self (60%) ”That’s the point” ”That’s what we do it for”
- Moped in poor condition (34%)
Our Moped course forms part of an overall strategy by the West of England Road Safety Partnership to address and reduce the current levels of deaths and serious injuries resulting from Road Traffic accidents involving new moped riders.
Wheels is aiming to make a significant contribution in lowering the number of Road Traffic Accidents involving new moped riders.
The course intends to engage and prepare new MOPED riders for safe, responsible riding and to equip them with the basic skills required to maintain their moped safely.
The primary target group for this course are local groups of disaffected, disadvantaged, 16 – 19 years who are not disqualified from riding and have not gained the Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) certificate.
The course operates from purpose built premises which include a modern, professional motor vehicle workshop, dedicated classrooms and a safe, off road, practice area for rider training.
Only 1 group attends our site at any one time in order to minimise potential disruptions and maintain learner focus.
- Equip new riders with the skills and knowledge required to reduce their risks of involvement in a serious road traffic accident
- Prepare new riders to ride their moped on the road legally
- Provide an alternative for new riders to access the world of work
By the end of the course the young people will be able to:
- Demonstrate their understanding of the highway code.
- Carry out a pre ride check on a moped.
- Carry out routine safety checks on a moped.
- Identify a moped from other motor cycles.
- Successfully complete a knowledge test on:
- construction and use regs.
- lighting regulations
- vehicle documentation
- Demonstrate an understanding of responsibilities when buying or selling a vehicle.
- Carry out routine maintenance and repairs on a moped’s:
- gearbox oil
- cooling system
- spark plug
- 60% of learners obtain a vocational qualification in motorcycle maintenance
- 60% of learners pass a Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) test
- All students who complete the course (100% attendance) will be sponsored to participate in a Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) course at our local CBT centre.
- Learners will be ineligible for CBT if absent for any course sessions.
- To comply with CBT rules and regulations students must be aged 16 on the day and hold a current, valid provisional drivers licence.
Please note: The provisional driving licence is not paid for or arranged by The Wheels Project.
NOTE: NO STUDENT WILL BE ABLE TO START AFTER WEEK 2.
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