“Motorcyclists although making up around only 1% of the motoring population account for a highly disproportionate number of serious injury or fatal collisions.”

MotorbikeMotorcyclists although making up around only 1% of the motoring population account for a highly disproportionate number of serious injury or fatal collisions. There are many reasons why this is the case, however the very nature of motorcycling and the mind-set of some motorcyclists exposes them to extreme dangers.

The Rider Intervention Developing Experience Course (RIDE) finds its origins in the National Driver Improvement Scheme, which began in 1991. Since that date motorcyclists have been dealt with for errant behaviour either by way of prosecution or diversion to a Driver Improvement Course.

During the evolution of the National Driver Improvement Scheme it became apparent, that the programme did not properly address the bespoke needs of the motorcycling community.

The RIDE Scheme has been designed as an intervention for those motorcyclists whose behaviour has brought them to the attention of the Police. This Scheme is designed to address the behaviour of those motorcyclists whose riding could be described as thrill or sensation seeking and also those who by the very nature of their riding could be defined as anti-social or careless, thereby attracting a criminal prosecution. It can also be used for those motorcyclists who have demonstrated careless riding leading to a collision.

This Scheme is not designed to deal with motorcyclists who exceed speed limits and are detected by automatic safety camera devices. These offenders will be dealt with under the National Speed Awareness Courses.

The RIDE course invites offenders to question their own assumptions about their ability and competency to ride a motorcycle and to alert them to the vulnerability that reckless, careless or anti- social riding can attract. The aim of the course is to prevent riders from re-offending or worse, becoming a casualty.

A motorcyclist choosing a RIDE course may opt to take it at any of the national course venues and will have to pay for the cost of the course. A person may only attend one RIDE course in 3 years. Subsequent offending will be dealt with by way of a prosecution.

Why should you attend this Biker Awareness course?

  • Bikers say they benefit from attending the course
  • Choose a time and date that suits you – even weekends and evenings
  • Booking is easy either online or by telephone
  • Avoid speeding fine and points following a speeding ticket
  • Train in a relaxed atmosphere
  • There are no tests or exams to complete – however your active participation in the course is expected

The course is 7 hours in duration, including an hour lunch break, and the price will vary depending on the location you choose. The course is run in a relaxed environment and through a series of theory and practical sessions it will:

  • Examine your approach to risk
  • Probe the beliefs surrounding inappropriate behaviour
  • Look at the positive effects of mindset change
  • Sustain the positive changes after the course

The National RIDE Scheme is run throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland by a selection of training providers. 

To view all course locations that are available nationally please visit https://dors.police.uk/. You will need your driving licence number to hand. To view additional information on this national scheme please visit www.driver-improvement.co.uk.