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Fall 2011 | Vol. 13 | No. 3
Motorcycle Training Standards Released
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently published the Model National Standards for Entry-Level Motorcycle Rider Training (Model Standards) [386 KB, 28 pgs.]. These standards are intended to serve as a model for all novice motorcycle rider training programs conducted in the United States. NHTSA encourages states to work with curriculum developers not only to include these standards, but also to move beyond them as necessary to address specific state crash causes and trends.
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The Model Standards represent baseline content that all entry-level riders should be taught. They are grouped into six categories: motorcycle pre-ride tasks; vehicle control skills; street strategies; roadway management skills; tasks related to carrying passengers, cargo, group riding, and touring; and factors adversely affecting rider performance.
Various subject matter experts in curriculum development, operator licensing, rider training, traffic safety, and research contributed to the development of the Model Standards. Ray Gaulin, of the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s highway safety office, was the GHSA representative on this effort. NHTSA is working with stakeholders in the community to encourage the adoption of the model national standards by state governments.
As a next step, NHTSA is developing Model Administrative Standards for Motorcycle Rider Training Programs, expected to be published by 2013. These administrative standards include factors such as administrative control, authority, instructor qualifications, and instructional settings and will complement the training standards to help achieve a high-quality, performancebased rider training program.
Hard copies of the publication are being mailed to each State Highway Safety Office, and it is also available online at: www.nhtsa.gov/staticfiles/nti/pdf/811503.pdf [386 KB, 28 pgs.].