THE rules around motorcycle training are set to change in January 2013, as the Road Safety Authority rolls out its campaign to introduce more rigorous training for all road users. Now learners can train to meet those new standards in West Cork as the Bantry Driving Academy launches lessons for motorcyclists at its state-of-the-art training facility.


“The changes bring motorcycle training in line with the graduated training approach that is already working so well for car drivers” said Mary Keohane, the BDA’s director.

“Learners will have to go through a series of stages before they’re allowed to drive the more powerful bikes, and the training on offer at the Bantry Driving Academy will comply fully with the RSA’s new regulations.”



IBT (Initial Basic Training) takes learners through all of the theory and practical lessons they’ll need to become safe motorcyclists.

At the BDA, learners will be able to put their new skills to the test straight away when they ride on a practice track equipped with filter lanes, a roundabout and all the other challenges motorcyclists face after they’ve passed their tests.



It’s just 18 months since the Bantry Driving Academy opened its gates to car drivers, but Mary Keohane sees the move to offer motorcycle lessons as a logical development for the new business.


“It’s the natural next step for us; we already offer cycle training with Bikeability-trained instructors, because we’re determined to make sure that everyone on the road is well-trained.


“Now that we offer motorcycle training too, we’ll be doing even more to make sure the roads are safer for everyone who uses them.”


The practice track at the Bantry Driving Academy was built with the help of funding from the West Cork Development Partnership, and the introduction of motorcycle training at the BDA sees that funding bring new dividends to everyone in West Cork.


“The new rules, combined with the excellent tuition and facilities we’re able to offer here, will go a long way to improving road safety in Ireland”, said Mary, “and we’re delighted to be working to promote that cause.”


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