Episode 078 : Should the US go to a tiered licensing system?


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Should the US go to a tiered motorcycle license

Related topic- Super Sport riders high fatality rate

Effects of training and tiered and restricted licensing

In brief, the studies generally differed in their findings. Some found modest effects for training, some not. In some the effects from training petered out after 6 months.   A more consistent finding was that trained riders used helmets and protective gear more. Another consistent was that longer restrictive periods resulted in riders with fewer accidents.

None of the systems reviewed however included limitations on displacement.

European tiered system explained. Whew!

In brief, there are 3 classes of license:

AM for the youngest riders (ages vary by country, 15 up) and the smallest displacements (mopeds <50cc). Mandatory theory and traffic law classes, and optional skills testing. Helmets required. Can’t carry passengers unless over 18

A1 goes to 125 cc and/or certain power to weight ratio’s). Must pass two theory and two practicals

A2 requires 2 years from a1, 4 tests also, or only the practicals if you have a1, about 50% larger engines or double the horsepower bikes with restrictors on them.

Full A, minimal progressive age from 20 years and direct to 24 years. No power limitation.

These were based on research studies of past statistics. Riders who studied theory, who took at least 2 years to progress had fewer accidents and deaths, and of course, mandatory helmet for driver and passenger.

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