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Local motorcyclists offered free training courses

Created on 12/01/2022 @ 07:16
Motorcyclists in Newtown and throughout north Powys are being invited to improve their riding with free enhanced training courses.
Powys County Council’s Road Safety team are providing the courses free of charge to any motorcyclists who live in Powys or use Powys’ roads, with funding from the Welsh Government.
"The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) Enhanced Rider Scheme is suitable for full motorbike licence holders who want to improve their riding skills, for those returning to riding after a break, riders who have just passed their test, people upgrading to a more powerful motorcycle and/or those who want to check their riding standard," said a council spokesperson.
"The course consists of a short online theory session and a half-day practical on-road session (on a weekend) with an experienced trainer. There is no test, but riding will be assessed, and appropriate training given to each participant who, all being well, will receive a DVSA certificate of competence on completion of the scheme."
Dates for up-coming courses are:

North Powys
Thursday 17 February - online theory session, evening
Saturday 19 February - practical half-day (groups 1 & 2)
Sunday 20 February - practical half-day (groups 3 & 4
Spaces for these free courses are limited and fill up quickly. Please get in touch to reserve your places as soon as possible: 01597 826924 or
“Keeping Powys roads safe is vital” says Cllr Heulwen Hulme, Cabinet Member for Highways. “We appreciate that our large, expansive county, with its network of picturesque roads is a mecca for motorcyclists. Which is why we not only offer this course to all riders living in Powys, but also to all riders who use Powys’ roads.
“Tourism plays an important role in the local economy in our beautiful and attractive county, and we welcome careful drivers and riders to enjoy our scenic roads, but we must all remember that road safety is paramount.
“We are lucky to have an experienced team of road safety officers within Powys County Council who work on many schemes and projects, including offering these weekend courses for motorcyclists wishing to improve their riding skills.”
Please see this video for more information on the DVSA Enhanced Rider Scheme: