European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc has recorded a video message to motorcyclists in which she encouraged them “to embrace a responsible approach to motorcycling and to attend voluntary advanced safety training on a regular basis”.
Speaking on 4 April to coincide with the start of the motorcycle riding season, Commissioner Bulc pointed said Europe had some high-quality training schemes on offer and that the European Motorcycle Training Quality Labelwould help motorcyclists “to identify the very best motorcycle safety training courses available”. She added: “We are grateful that the European Motorcycling Training Quality Label has been set up, responding to our call for voluntary commitments.”
The European Motorcycle Training Quality Label is a certification scheme open to a wide range of organisations based in Europe offering advanced safety training. It was launched in 2015 by ACEM and DVR, the German Road Safety Council, with the aim to help motorcyclists to easily identify high-quality post-license training programmes across Europe. Later on, the International Motorcycling Federation, FIM, joined the partnership and the European Transport Safety Council, ETSC, provided its endorsement.
To date, a total of 28 post-licence motorcycle training programmes have been certified in Sweden, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Austria and Germany, and further applications are undergoing evaluation (https://motorcycle-training-label.eu).
Stefan Pierer, president of ACEM, the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers, and CEO of KTM, said: “We are delighted that the label has the support of the European Commissioner for Transport. Quality post-licence training helps motorcyclists to improve their riding skills. It can also make their experience not only more enjoyable but also safer. This label, which is part of the sector’s long-term safety strategy, will have a very positive impact on motorcycle safety across Europe.”