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Riders offered cheaper insurance

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Motorcycle riders are being offered significant discounts on their motor insurance providing they take part in a scheme to assess their riding skills.  

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) and the Motorcycle Industry Association have teamed up with leading motorcycle insurance companies to offer significant discounts to all qualified bikers who successfully take part in the new Enhanced Rider Scheme (ERS).

ERS is a training package designed to meet with the Government Motorcycling Strategy, which aims to see significant reductions in the number of fatal and serious injury road accidents on our roads each year involving motorcyclists.

The scheme hopes to encourage and help qualified riders become safer on the roads and so reduce accidents.

A national network of DSA registered post test motorcycle trainers has been developed to deliver rider skills assessments and training to those who want to take part in the ERS.

Riders judged as having no significant weaknesses receive a DSA certificate of competence, which entitles them to insurance discounts. Riders who have significant weaknesses get structured training and will receive the certificate upon successful improvement.

Many of the leading motorcycle insurers have signed up to the scheme and are prepared to offer substantial discounts to riders who can show they can ride to the ERS standard.

© The Press Association 2008