Recently there has been a lot of talk about the Government making the Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) harder to complete, pair this with the endless amount of people sharing certain articles who have stated this is the case and we have load of strong opinions being thrown about the web as to whether it should be made harder or not.
But really the question that should be asked is whether they actually will change it, because regardless or not of the amount of opposition or support online, it will probably all be decided by the big boys in the houses of parliament, who may I add probably don't have that much experience on two wheels anyway; but we cant change their decision regardless.
The answer to the question as to whether they will change the CBT will probably be based on recent statistics that have come up stating "there were between 7,000 and 8,000 road collisions involving motorcyclists or moped riders aged 16-24 each year from 2009 to 2012. 58% of these incidents involved riders aged between 16 and 19  ". These statistics obviously can't be ignored because its clear that younger riders are involved in more motorcycle collisions than older ones; but does this necessarily mean that the CBT is at fault? or that less mature riders are causing more collisions purely because of their inexperience on the road, because lets face it the statistics for younger car drivers pretty much echoes these stats.
Another thing to remember the next time you hear or see someone mention the government changing the CBT is that all that has happened so far on the topic is that a report was commissioned into the effectiveness of the CBT, and since the report no official statements have been made to say whether the findings of the report will influence a Governments action.
There are some suggestions from the report which may sway the government into changing the CBT such as Introducing a theory exam as part of the CBT and Limiting the validity of the CBT. These two suggestions could well spark a parliamentary intervention for an obvious reason that probably won't be confirmed, but lets just point out that an added theory test could generate more revenue form the learner rider just as the driving theory test costs extra, and forcing people to re-take their CBT yearly instead of two yearly could also generate more cash.
So as to whether the Government will actually make changes to the CBT, we won't know for sure for at least probably the next six months. But hopefully changes won't make it any harder or any more expensive for beginner riders to get legal!
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