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The TRF CBT - introducing young people into safe, responsible and sustainable trail riding.

At the beginning of September, the TRF held possibly its first formal training event aimed at introducing young riders to Trail Riding. What is a CBT?

Compulsory basic training (CBT) was introduced in 1990 to help reduce the very high accident rate among inexperienced motorcyclists. CBT must be completed by Law, before any new moped or motorcycle rider is allowed to ride on the road with L-plates or D-plates in Wales. This includes riding green roads and trails open to the public.

What’s different about the TRF approach to CBT?

An Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) study in 2009 of 3500 accident showed that 250 16-year-old boys are killed or seriously injured in moped accidents. The IAM says the three top priorities are:

* A review of the Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) programme that currently lasts for just two hours.

* A “Think Moped” campaign informing drivers and teenagers why, when and where riding mopeds is risky.

* A new commitment to develop ways of targeting illegal and reckless riding.

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In addition a 2015 report from the Driver Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) who surveyed CBT takers came up with many recommendations that the TRFs offering will help with in the following ways;

1: Success rate

The TRF proposes a minimum two-day course rather than a one-day course.

DVSA say- The average completion rate for CBT across all Approved Training Bodies(ATB)s is the same as that found in the learners’ survey – 96%. The average one-day completion rate (amongst all learners) is 84%.

2: Safety

The TRF offers additional safety training in particularly on riding unsurfaced roads, group riding and first aid training.

DVSA say Four in ten learners (39%) would pay extra for more on-road and safety training.

3: Trail bike machine skills

The TRF offer riding a proper trail bike (including 50cc moped) with gears.

DVSA say - Most trainers (72%) feel that completing CBT on an automatic does not prepare learners well for riding a manual

4: Trail riding skills

The TRF will give training on the following areas

Off tarmac Trail riding skills

The law covering access and where to trail ride

Managing risk –sharing the trail and managing conflict – eg trail & road rage.

Social & Environmental responsibility and least impact

Dealing with injuries and first aid

This will basic course form the foundation of a formal Trail Riding course undergoing ROSPA & ACU accreditation.

5: Continued learning through 12 months of TRF membership

Those completing the CBT have access to thousands of guided rides and related training through our 40 groups nationwide. The natural next step is preparation for a full licence and the TRF can offer plenty of “saddle time” with experienced riders. The DVSA Approved Training Bodies will offer further training to DVSA test standard.

DVSA say - it should be made easy and not overly costly for those who want extended training to be able to come back for another 2 hours on the road for example. The onus should not be on completion in one day and while trainers claim they don’t tell learners how long it should take, the fixed fee per course price structure may be influencing many trainers to aim for one day completion.

6: Further qualifications past Driving Test

The TRF offer the full licence holder access to the following qualifications Qualified First Aider including for riding injuries (1-day course £30) IAM Advanced Motorcyclist Skills for life (10% discount)

ACU Coach

ACU Clerk of Course

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Why are the TRF doing this?

The membership that make up the new TRF is fast changing and the TRF Directors are leading a programme to assist newer young riders that are interested in trail riding to join the TRF and learn about responsible trail riding.

We get many enquiries from young riders who are interested in trail riding and we, the TRF Membership, need to make it clear to young riders who go trail riding, that the first step is to attend a CBT course.

"Off the Kerb Trail riding" whose directors are long term existing TRF members, have been in discussion over CBT and young riders since last year. They also have great relationship with Fantic and run a fleet of learner legal trail bikes. More recently the TRF was invited a meeting at Mick Extance Experience Centre to discuss Safety training and met with East Midlands TRF member Paul Nunn of Shire motorcycle training who handle the bookings for Mick Extance Experience. Paul has an amazing team of trainers including young lady instructors with strong trail riding skills. He also has a fleet of Kawasaki KLX 125 for CBT use. From the TRF’s perspective it became clear that training on safe, legal and courteous riding starts with the CBT, rather than leaving it till later.

Off the Kerb and Shires have offered to look after the first step the CBT, and we are looking for young riders ideally 16 for moped and 17 for 125cc in need of a CBT List of TRF linked DVSA Approved Training Bodies (ATB) who provide CBTs plus knowledge of Trail Riding include:

• Off the Kerb – London http://www.offthekerbmct.co.uk & http://offthekerbtrailriding.com/

• East Midlands – Shires – https://www.shiresmt.com/

Please contact Chris Barrable chris.b@trf.org.uk TRF Training Director as a TRF member you would like to add any Trail orientated CBT Training providers to this list. Stewart Bosworth stewart.b@trf.org.uk is writing the course of Trail Riding. For other inquiries over Young Riders and the TRF, Tom Carnell tom.c@trf.org.uk has agreed to look after this area.

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