Initial rider training in Europe does not meet riders' needs. Improving pre-licence training will reduce the number of riders killed and injured.
New IRT manual publication available in eleven languages
The Initial Rider Training Manual's revolutionary approach to basic training is now available to a wider audience in Europe and around the world, with a translation in 11 languages provided by the European Commission. The IRT manual is available for free in print and as an electronic document from the EU bookshop - click here to download or order a copy. The IRT Model - ISBN: 978-92-79-17358-5.
The IRT manual available soon in eleven languages
Currently available in English, Spanish and French, the IRT manual is being translated in additional languages. The services of the European Commission are working on the updated edition and hope to offer it shortly in Bulgarian, Czech, German, Greek, Magyar, Italian, Polish and Portuguese. Translations will be published in the Downloads section when available.
IRT included in European guide of good practice
Launched in June 2008 with the support of the European Commission, the eSUM projects brings together European local authorities and the motorcycle industry in order to make urban riding safer through a variety of measures. The Initial Rider Training project features prominently in eSUM's PTW Good Practice Guide, which offers European researchers and policy-makers a comprehensive list of positive measures to improve PTW safety. The guide, presented at the eSUM mid-term workshop in Brussels on January 28th, 2010, features over 100 projects in the areas of training, infrastructure, enforcement, vehicle design, protective equipment and transport policies.
Read more about the eSUM guide of good practice and the Initial Rider Training page.
The INRETS conference - Marseille, France
INRETS -The French National Institute for Transport and Safety Research- is contributing to better understanding of the fundamentals and factors behind powered two-wheeler accidentalness and, consequently, to define conditions for enhancing their safety. The objective of the conference was to make a statement on the new findings produced by these studies and to put forward major research axes for development.
It was an opportunity for the motorcycle community to highlight training being the 1st priority of all, make an overview of current EU training situation, and present the IRT project in the context of the implementation of the 3rd driving licence directive to be implemented by member states. (presentation available in the download section)
Irish Road Safety Authority (RSA) recommends the IRT manuel.
During a meeting between the Irish Road Safety Authority (R.S.A) and the group of Instructors piloting the introduction of a new Compulsory Basic Training (C.B.T.) scheme in Ireland, Marc O'Loideoin, a member of the Supervisory Board of the I.R.T Project and co-author of the Manual gave a presentation of The Initial Rider Training Project.
The presentation focused on the use of the Manual in conjunction with delivering the C.B.T. curriculuum. This was well received by the Instructors many of whom commented after the meeting that it would be of great assistance given the varied conditions and situations in which training is to be delivered in Ireland.
The project has been welcomed by the R.S.A. and recommended as a useful resource by Michael Dolan Head of the R.S.A's Approved Driving Instructor Unit (The A.D.I.) and an aid to all Instructors involved in Motorcycle Training.
"It is heartening to see my own country go from a situation of no formal training at all, to what is regarded all over the EU as 'best practise' in the area of Rider Training." Marc O'Loideoin
|05/02/2009||“Ride-Safe 2009” - Worldwide Rider Training Survey/Competition for best Rider Training Exercises|
CIECA, the International Commission of Driver & Rider Testing Authorities (www.cieca.be), is proud to present a worldwide competition to collect examples of the best rider training exercises currently available. Together with its partners, FIM (International Motorcycling Federation), FEMA (Federation of European Motorcyclists’ Associations) and ACEM (The Motorcycle Industy in Europe), CIECA invites you to submit your favourite rider training exercises, focusing on 1 or more of the Top 10 accident causation factors for powered two-wheelers (PTWs).
More information on the CIECA website in French, in German and in English.
|06/10/2008||Presentation of the Initial Rider Training project at the IFZ Conference in Köln|
|The IRT project and the resulting Initial Rider Training programme was presented at the well-known IFZ-Conference took place prior to the 6th International Motorcycle and Scooter exhibition INTERMOT Köln 2008, with contributions from specialists from all over the world regarding the situation of motorized two wheelers the status of current safety research and the comparison of legal conditions was internationally considered. More information on the conference can be found here.|
The Initial Rider Training Programme translated into French and Spanish
Since the report was presented to the EU Commission it has become clear that for this work to have any impact on the implementation of the 3rd Driving Licence Directive the syllabus must be available in more than just English. This has been partly addressed by professional translations of the syllabus being commissioned by the FIM into French and Spanish as an additional contribution.
Additional translations will assist the EU in its external programmes to countries outside Europe. A key benefit of this work is that it is not culturally specific. The work was conducted by a multinational team of experts. As the United Nations has succeeded in internationalising traffic signs the syllabus content needs little if any modification to make it applicable worldwide.
|25/06/2008||The Initial Rider Training Programme presented at the MEP Ride|
A special IRT test track for beginners was set up by FEMA (with the collaboration of the Centre de Maîtrise de la Route from Nivelles and the support of FIM and ACEM) during FEMA's 20th anniversary and its annual MEP Ride.
It was a great opportunity to present the Initial Rider Training project and its results in a concrete way.
More information on the MEP Ride event: http://www.mep-ride.eu/
Conference proceedings and pictures available for download
PowerPoint presentations of the IRT conference, which took place on Wednesday 28 May at the European Commission premices, are available in the 'downloads' section.
Conference starting time delayed by half an hour
Because of EC internal logistical reasons, the start of the event had to be rescheduled to 14:30. The conference is planned to finish at 17:30.
This conference is jointly organised with The Directorate-General for Energy and Transport of the European Commission (DG TREN).
Registration deadline: 16th May, 2008
Please return the registration form for by fax +32 (0)2 736 9401 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Presentation of the the IRT results to CIECA members
The results of the Initial Rider Training project were presented to CIECA (International Commission for Driver Testing) workshop on motorcycles driving licences. The presentation is available in the 'download' section.
Presentation of the the IRT results to Member States
The results of the Initial Rider Training project were presented to EU driving licence national experts at a meeting organised by the European Commission in Brussels. The presentation is available in the 'download' section.
Launch of the Initial Rider Training new website
Following the crash of the previous IRT website, FEMA rebuilt a new website adding the latest reports and contacts related to the project. This new website will provide updated information about the dissemination of the IRT project results and the implementation of the IRT programme throughout Europe. The new IRt project domain name is : www.initialridertraining.eu
Roger Renoy leaves the motorcycling world
It is with great sadness that we learnedthat Roger Renoy from Belgium passed away on Friday 7 September, following a short battle with cancer. The IRT project looses one of his most competent and dedicated motorcycling instructors.
Official presentation of the project results to DG TREN
The IRT Project has officially and finally been presented to the European Commission in mid-July and the EC representatives were very pleased about the report. During the meeting, the future development of an E-Coaching programme in a "IRT 2" project - in collaboration with Tampere University - has been proposed. The issue of FEMA copyrights and the importance to disseminate the document as widely as possible has also been underlined.
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