South West Wales RoADAR - Gold!
With their own, and the safety of other road-users in mind, 12 motorcyclists from South West Wales ROADAR have recently achieved Gold standard passes for the RoSPA Advanced Motorcycle test – the highest civilian qualification of its kind obtainable in Europe. This is an exceptional contribution to the region's road-safety record and one that all road-users benefit from.
Unfortunately, the Welsh nation is no stranger to desperately sad news stories of deaths and injuries sustained by motorcyclists whilst enjoying our outstanding countryside. Wales continues to be a ‘destination’ region for motorcycling, contributing enormously to our tourist economy - but the statistics surrounding this recreational activity are sometimes devastating.
Through their voluntary efforts, South West Wales RoADAR group is seeking to address this situation by putting on the roads motorcyclists with exceptionally high safety-awareness and advanced handling skills. Riders from all walks of life – from aid worker to an accountant, are taking up the challenge of the test. Once a pass is gained, all riders are then re-tested every three years to ensure standards are being maintained.
The test evaluates the highest possible level of handling and safety skills that a civilian rider can achieve – all under the scrutiny of serving or ex class 1 police riders. It is truly exceptional to have such a high number of Gold awards, all achieved through the hard work of South West Wales RoADAR group.
The Chairman of South West Wales RoADAR, Adrian Sage Davies, comments “This is a significant contribution to road safety in our region – not just for those who have passed their Advanced RoSPA test, but to other road-users too. By training motorcyclists in the advanced techniques required to ride so skilfully and safely, we are delighted to be making an exceptional difference to the safety of our roads in Wales and further afield.”
The group, which also represents car drivers, who have an equal achievement record, is encouraging new members to come along and take up free training for this demanding, yet achievable qualification.