New motorbike course to improve road safety

The new motorbike training course, introduced by the RTA recently with comprehensive changes and sweeping new features, will ensure greater road safety as well as improve the pass rate.

By Shafaat Ahmed

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Published: Wed 15 Sep 2010, 12:36 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:41 PM

The new syllabus comes as part of the RTA’s policy of continuously reviewing all its systems and is intended to inculcate better skill sets in candidates. “The new motorbike syllabus is already implemented at the driving institutes.

This course is much more comprehensive than the old system, a senior official told 
Khaleej Times.

We have been working on this for some time now as we realise that driving motorbike is no less dangerous than driving a car. In fact, it requires more attentiveness and balancing skills.

Though the old system followed international standards, it was lacking in some aspects,” said Ahmed Hashem Bahrozyan, offering Khaleej Times an insight into the new syllabus.

Apart from ensuring the availability of basic equipment like helmets, gloves, shoes and long-sleeve shirts, the new system of training and testing motorbike riders has seen the entire training areas at the institute modified to match the new requirements.

“We have modified the actual area of training at the driving schools and we required special equipment to be used during training — equipment that guide the candidates through the different phases of training as well as during sudden changes in direction during the course,” added Bahrozyan.

Among the biggest changes from the previous system is the scrapping of training and test required to be done on the shape of figure 8, which has proved to a stumbling block for many aspiring riders.

“The previous system had too much focus on balancing, which sometimes compromised with other aspects of riding a bike. The new system focuses more on controlling the bike during sudden hazards and emergencies, while not compromising on other aspects,” said Bahrozyan.

There is nothing specific that has replaced figure 8 but there are a host of new things added which, according to the RTA, will give the candidates better skills.

“It’s a whole new curriculum with special focus on hazard management and controlling. We believe that the new programme will offer better riding capability to candidates which, in turn, will improve the pass rate as well as road safety.”

While the candidates were required to use special equipment and safety gear with the old system as well, with the new system, the use of safety gear is mandatory. Under the new course, the students are required to wear the helmet, kneecaps, elbow protection and special footwear all the time, which was not the case previously.

Another important change is the provision of training in an order that will take the candidate from easier lessons to difficult ones.

“The old system had a haphazard feel about it; there was no particular order in providing the training, which affected students’ learning ability. We have done away with this and divided the new system into five different stages that will take the candidates from the easier lessons to the difficult ones,” Bahrozyan said.

During the first stage, the applicants are taken through a specially developed Motorbike Manual that provides them with all the necessary information about the experience of riding bikes. The manual has been published in three languages — Arabic, English and Urdu.

The second stage focuses on the basics of motorbike driving skills like moving the motorbike and using the gear. The third stage involves preparing the applicant for the first internal test. During the fourth stage, the students are provided with advanced driving skills, helping them learn how to avoid accidents.

The fifth and last stage helps the trainee apply skills gained in previous internal stages on road driving, which will help the trainee in passing the external road test.

shafaat@khaleejtimes.com



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