Advanced Rider Training in Europe

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Eamonn Townsend

Advanced Rider Training in Europe

Postby Eamonn Townsend » Mon Oct 30, 2000 12:00 am

Earlier this month, FEMA attended a consultative meeting on a European Commission's (EC) project proposal on advanced driver/rider training. This project fits into the development of a Fourth European Driving License Directive and the EC commitment to the "lifelong learning process". The meeting was organised by CIECA (International organisation of driving license examining authorities).

FEMA, whilst not questioning the value of such training schemes, expressed serious reservations about the EC focussing on experienced rider training while there were still so many problems with basic rider training in Europe. Another concern for motorcyclists is that these follow-up training schemes could become compulsory, as it is already the case in Luxembourg. FEMA is clearly against the implementation of such arrangements for Europe. And, last but not least, the EC is again dealing with both cars and bikes together in this project, which could result in the specific needs of riders being overlooked.

The parties present at the meeting will be invited to take part in the different stages of the project. FEMA will be looking at this very closely and try to make sure that motorcyclists' concerns and needs are understood and accepted.

Issued by Christina Gesios

FEMA
Federation of European
Motorcyclists' Associations
62 rue des champs
1040 Brussels, Belgium

Tel: 32 2 736 90 47
Fax: 32 2 736 94 01

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