Grieving parents call for tougher testing

"How can you be ready to ride on main roads after eight or so hours?" says bewildered Dad

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Submitted by Visordown News on Fri, 01/05/2009 - 14:07

THE PARENTS of a teenage biker killed in a crash just hours after passing his Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) have called for a more thorough testing system for novice motorcyclists.

David Sanderson, 17, had attained his CBT on April 21 this year, gaining his pass certificate at around 6pm. That same day, at around 8.30pm, he suffered fatal injuries in an accident while out riding his new bike with his friends.

David's parents, Paul and Cheryl Sanderson, have expressed their concerns over their son's training: "How can you be ready to ride on main roads after eight or so hours?" said David's father.

"There needs to be a much longer course, at least five days long. If you're learning to drive a car you have 20 or 30 hours at least before you take the test."

The fatality comes just days after the introduction of the new two-part motorcycle testing system, aimed at reducing the accident rate amongst novice bikers.

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