An Garda Síochána introduced the Bike-Safe Scheme in 2008, with the aim of reducing the number of motorcycle casualties. Under the initiative, advanced Garda motorcyclists have used their knowledge, skills and experience to help participants become safer and more competent riders.
The Bike-Safe initiative was introduced at a time when there were no mandatory training course teaching basic riding skills to learner motorcyclists. The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is working to introduce a Graduated Driver Licensing scheme and as part of this Initial Basic Training (IBT) for motorcyclists has been introduced.
IBT is a training course for learner motorcyclists. The standard course lasts 16 hours and is broken into four modules which can be taken at different stages and there is also a Progression Module to allow riders to change vehicles types and sizes. A Motorcycle IBT Training Course must be complete before a motorcycle can be driven on the road unsupervised.
Now that IBT for motorcyclists is in place An Garda Síochána is reviewing the Bike-Safe Scheme and in the meantime the Bike-Safe initiative is being suspended.
Information with regard to IBT for motorcyclists can be found on the RSA website WWW.RSA.IE