The European Transport Safety Council joins the European Motorcycle Training Quality Label consortium
Today the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), the most important NGO in the field of road safety in Europe, has joined the European Motorcycle Training Quality Label consortium as a supporter member. The Label is a voluntary certification scheme for motorcycle post-licence training programmes. It aims to help motorcyclists easily identify the best safety training programmes in Europe.
Also, the motorcycle training school of the Swedish Association of Motorcyclists (SMC) has recently been awarded the European Motorcycle Training Quality Label for their “Advice and guidelines version 3 – The Basics” programme- The SMC motorcycle training school is the largest training provider in Sweden and offers safety training courses for different levels. More than 10,000 motorcyclists attended 300 SMC courses this year.
This brings the number of certified programmes to 28. Motorcyclists in Sweden, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Austria and Germany now know which training schools offer the best post-licence training options.
More information on the European Motorcycle Training Quality Label can be found at: https://motorcycle-training-label.eu/
Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director of the ETSC, stated that: “In recent years, the safety of vulnerable road users in Europe, including motorcyclists, has not progressed at the same pace as that of car occupants. Much more needs to be done through the introduction of higher safety standards for infrastructure and vehicles, as well as better enforcement and encouraging safer driver and rider behaviour. We are pleased to support the European Motorcycle Training Quality Label with its focus on helping riders choose approved training courses that help raise awareness of the key safety issues. We believe improved rider training can play an important role as part of the safe-system approach to road safety.”
According to Antonio Perlot, Secretary General of the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers: “The European Motorcycle Training Quality Label is one of the main elements of the motorcycle industry’s safety strategy and we are confident that this action contributes to the overall aim of making Europe’s roads better and safer for all motorcyclists. We are delighted that the ETSC recognizes the importance of this initiative and has decided to endorse the European Training Quality Label. We also congratulate SMC for joining the group of the best training providers in Europe”.
Jesper Christensen, Secretary General of the SMC, said: “Our members ride 80% of all motorcycle kilometres in Sweden, so their safety is a top priority for us. Our five hundred instructors of the SMC School strive to reach out to more riders and provide safety-orientated and fun motorcycle training. We are really happy that our educational platform has received this important recognition at the European level.”