Enhanced Rider Scheme

The Enhanced Rider Scheme was introduced by the Driving Standards Agency (now the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency), the government body responsible for driving standards (and that runs the driving tests), to provide a basis for the improvement of riding skills amongst riders who have already passed their bike test.

It is based on the National Standard for Riding Mopeds and Motorcycles and uses a standard competency matrix to assess your riding skills, from which further training can be identified if required.

Some insurance companies offer discounts once you’ve successfully completed the scheme.

You can take the enhanced rider scheme if you’re a fully licensed motorcyclist and have passed your test.

The scheme is suitable if you:

  • have just passed your test
  • are returning to riding after a break
  • are upgrading to a more powerful motorcycle
  • want to check your riding standard

A key part of the Enhanced Rider Scheme is the assessment, where your riding is graded against the competency matrix using a simple banding system:

  • Band A : High level of riding ability, low risk
  • Band B : Good level of riding ability, low to medium risk
  • Band C : Satisfactory level of riding ability, medium risk
  • Band D : Unsatisfactory level of riding ability, high risk

An award of Band A or B would result in the award of a Certificate of Riding Competence (which would qualify you for insurance discounts with supporting companies).

We offer 2 Enhanced Rider Scheme options:

ERS Assessment

This is not a course but an assessment of your current riding ability.

The assessment lasts approximately 2 hours, broken down as follows:

  • 10 minute pre-ride briefing and documentation and safety check
  • 1.5 hour accompanied road-ride, in radio contact with the instructor (assessment only)
  • 20 minute post-ride debrief
  • Recommendation for further action

After the assessment you will receive a written summary of your riding together with recommendations for further training.

If your riding has demonstrated the competency level required, your instructor will issue you with an ERS Certificate of Riding Competence, which can result in a discount on your insurance.

ERS Training and Assessment

This is a 6-hour course spread over two 3-hour sessions, which are as follows:

Session 1 – Training

  • 20 minute pre-ride briefing and documentation and safety check
  • 2 hour accompanied road-ride, in radio contact with the instructor. This is a training session, where we will look to identify any weaknesses in your riding and offer suggestions to help you improve. All suggestions will be based on Advanced Riding techniques as documented in Motorcycle Roadcraft
  • 30 minute post-ride debrief
  • Recommendation for further actions to be taken prior to the second session

Session 2 – Assessment

  • 10 minute pre-ride briefing and documentation and safety check
  • 15 minute discussion on Session 1 outcomes and actions taken since
  • 2 hour accompanied road-ride, in radio contact with the instructor (assessment only)
  • 30 minute post-ride debrief
  • Recommendation for further action

After the assessment you will receive a written summary of your riding together with recommendations for further training.

If your riding has demonstrated the competency level required, your instructor will issue you with an ERS Certificate of Riding Competence, which can result in a discount on your insurance.

Post-Test Training Options Price List

Our Enhanced Rider Scheme training and assessments are part of our “Improve Your Riding Skills” post-test training options. Below is the full price list for these courses, for more details of each, see Improve Your Riding

 

Course Duration Price Notes
Back to Biking
Half Day 3 Hours £110 1:1 training with our Advanced Riding Instructor, tailored to your specific requirements. Includes post-ride report.
Full Day 6 Hours £200
Enhanced Rider Scheme (ERS) Assessment
ERS Assessment 2 hours £60 1:1 Assessment, no instruction
Includes ERS Certificate of Riding Competence (if applicable)
ERS Training & Assessment 6 hours (2 x 3 hour sessions) £190 1:1 Training and Assessment
Includes ERS Certificate of Riding Competence (if applicable)
Individual Personal Training
Half Day 3 Hours £110 1:1 training with our Advanced Riding Instructor, tailored to your specific requirements. Includes post-ride report.
 Full Day 6 Hours  £200
Blood Bikes Manchester - Volunteer Training & Assessment
ERS Assessment 2 hours £60 1:1 Assessment, no instruction
Includes ERS Certificate of Riding Competence (if applicable)
ERS Training & Assessment 6 hours (2 x 3 hour sessions) £190 1:1 Training and Assessment
Includes ERS Certificate of Riding Competence (if applicable)
Inner Circle Training donates £10 of your fee to Blood Bikes Manchester

 

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