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Should car drivers complete a CBT?

What do you think?

On my daily London biking commute I’ve lost count of the number of drivers who are completely oblivious to riders, and worse, completely engrossed in their phones.

Filtering seems to be a particular problem. Many of the drivers I’ve come across can’t handle bikers respectfully filtering past them, and some seem to believe we’re not legally allowed to do so.

The problem is a lack of understanding, and potentially insufficient penalties.

With over 450 road traffic incidents per year caused by mobile phone distractions (including 33 deaths in 2018), clearly, the current punishment of 6 points and a fine isn't doing the trick.

Motorcyclists are the ones that come off worse if a texting cager veers out of their lane as we filter past.

So stricter penalties for clear infringements of the law like using a mobile phone is one option, but as far as lack of understanding goes - how about introducing a CBT for drivers?

Put people on two wheels before they learn to handle four. A CBT test could be part of acquiring a UK driving license. Radical thinking yes, but clearly some drivers just don’t get how vulnerable bikers are on the road, or what it’s like to ride on two wheels. They’ve not felt the joys of a car slowly pulling out on them at a junction, nor have they considered how road conditions change drastically when it rains. These drivers lack empathy for bikers, so, put them on a bike. And maybe, just maybe they’ll think twice about picking up the phone or tail-gating a biker in the wet.  

What do you think? Should drivers have to complete a CBT before they’re allowed to drive? It’s pretty out there I’ll admit, but something’s got to give.

What do you think would help to raise awareness of bikers on the road, and improve car drivers’ understanding riders’ rights?

Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Comments

I think car drivers should complete a car CBT.

Without doubt after 30 yrs of riding I have seen driving standards in this country become abysmal. As a country we are too eager to push kids straight into cars. No wonder as they grow up that they are oblivious to riders and also the joy of riding.

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but half a day on the road isn't going to give them much of an idea (some, but not much).

Another alternative would be to allow children to ride mopeds from 14 like some European countries do. This will get more children will get on two wheels because of the freedom that gives them, so will be much more aware of motorcycles when they get a car.

as a rider and driver who has passed a test on both modes, i was told years ago that riders make better drivers so i agree with the other comment about youngsters being allowed to ride mopeds. it gives an understanding of 2 wheel needs before they touch the wheel of a car

Allow 16 year olds to do CBT and ride a 125 bike.

Raise the driving test age to 18

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