IRELAND IS to delay the implementation of compulsory basic training (CBT) for motorcyclists, despite a pledge from the Irish Government that some form of formal motorcycle instruction would be in place by the end of 2008.
Ireland's Road Safety Strategy claims motorcyclists are two to three times more likely to be killed in the Republic than in other European countries, reports this morning's Irish Times.
Road Safety Authority chief executive Noel Brett pointed out that while they account for just 2 per cent of licences, bikers account for about 12 per cent of road deaths.
"Learner drivers are vulnerable road users and face greater risks and challenges due to their inexperience. Evidence suggests that the best way to reduce risk is to introduce measures that are designed to protect them until they have built up enough experience behind the wheel," Brett said.
The authority said it and the Department of Transport are now in the process of finalising the regulations. A department source confirmed this would not be in 2009.
CBT was introduced into Britain's licensing laws almost 20 years ago. Its inception has seen a drastic reduction in the number of novice bikers killed or seriously injured.