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PennDOT Offers Free Motorcycle Safety Training for Pennsylvania Riders

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) reminds residents that the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program (PAMSP) offers free training opportunities for motorcycle riders across the state. Prospective, experienced, and new riders with a motorcycle learner's permit or license can develop and refresh their skills through this free training.

PennDOT Acting Secretary Mike Carroll said, "All riders can benefit from the valuable skills and safety lessons learned through Pennsylvania's free motorcycle safety clinics." He added that the training helps riders sharpen their reflexes and hone the decision-making abilities required for safe motorcycle operation.

PennDOT's third-party motorcycle safety training providers offer various classes across the state. A full list of providers and locations can be found on PennDOT's PAMSP page on their website.

Completing a basic or intermediate course waives the skills test requirement for individuals over 18 at a PennDOT Driver License Center, automatically granting them a motorcycle license. Those who complete a 3-wheel basic course will receive a license with a restriction prohibiting the operation of a 2-wheel motorcycle.

Classes are held at multiple locations throughout Pennsylvania, with schedules coordinated by each third-party training provider. Interested individuals should contact the providers directly or visit their websites for class availability, additional course offerings, and walk-in or waiting list opportunities.

The 16-hour Basic Riding Course (BRC) includes in-class or virtual instruction and practical riding, offering new and experienced riders a chance to polish their skills and address any unsafe habits. Students must provide their own protective gear. Act 84 of 2012 mandates permit holders under 18 must complete the BRC to receive their motorcycle license.

The eight-hour Intermediate Riding Course allows skilled riders to refresh their safety knowledge and on-road skills. Participants must provide their own motorcycle, protective gear, proof of insurance, current registration, and an inspection for their motorcycle.

The 3-Wheel Riding Course teaches the same skills as the BRC, but on a 3-wheeled motorcycle. Most students must provide their motorcycle and protective gear, proof of insurance, a current registration, and an inspection. However, select locations have 3-wheeled motorcycles available for student use.

The Advanced Riding Course is a one-day clinic for experienced riders seeking to enhance their safety skills through attitude and awareness. Students must provide their own motorcycle, protective gear, proof of insurance, current registration, and an inspection.

Additional classes and locations will be added throughout the riding season. Registration for the 2023 training season is ongoing.