MOTORBIKE IBT INFORMATION
From 6th December 2010 all new first time learner permit holders will have to complete IBT, which stands for Initial Basic Training and is a training course for learner drivers. It can help you to master basic motorcycling skills and improve your knowledge of road safety. The standard course lasts 16 hours and is broken into four modules, which you can take at different stages.
The course for AM and A1 lasts 16 hours and the course for A2 and A lasts for 18 hours, both courses are broken into different modules which you can take at different stages. In addition, there is a Conversion Module to allow riders to change vehicle types and sizes. IBT is your ‘first step’ on the road to becoming a safe and competent rider. You will have to complete a motorcycle IBT training course before you can take your bike on the road unsupervised. At the end of the IBT course you will get a Certificate of Completion.
You can take Initial Basic Training courses on vehicles in these licence categories:
The motorcycle IBT training course
IBT covers 5 separate modules, as well as a Conversion Module, each of which mixes theory and practice. To make it more varied and interesting, some parts of the modules are delivered in a classroom, some on a training site or yard and some out on a public road under the supervision of your trainer.
The IBT motorcycle training modules
Module 1 is classroom based and has 6 objectives. You will need at least three hours to achieve them.
1. Personal protective equipment (PPE)
2. Introduction to motorcycle controls
3. Technical checks
4. Placing motorcycle on and off the stand
5. Walking alongside the motorcycle
6. How to start and stop the engine
Module 2 has 10 objectives. You will need at least five hours on bike to achieve them.
1. Moving off and stopping
2. Use of brakes
3. Use of gears
4. Slow riding
5. Figure of eight
8. Rear observation and mirrors
9. Turning left and right
10. Emergency adjustment of speed
Module 3 is classroom based and has 9 objectives. You will need at least two hours to achieve them.
1. Legal requirements
2. Rules of the road
3. Being seen
4. Road surfaces
5. Road and lane position
6. Rear observations and mirrors
8. Anticipation and reaction
9. Weather conditions
Module 4 has 8 objectives. You will need at least six hours on bike to achieve them.
3. Traffic lights
5. Safe distance
6. Anticipation and reaction
7. Pedestrian crossings
Module 5 has 23 objectives. You will need 11 or 13 hours depending on IBT access.
This module is a repeat of Modules 2 & 4 which needs to be undertaken on the new vehicle type you wish to change to, e.g. from ‘automatic’ to ‘manual’. This Conversion Module will facilitate changes in your entitlements without you having to undergo the full programme again.
Certificate of completion
When you have successfully completed all modules you will be issued with a Certificate of completion which should be kept with your learner permit for the bike you are riding, whenever you are on a public road or in a public place. You may be required to produce your learner permit or your IBT Certificate for inspection if a
Garda requests them. You may also be asked to produce your certificate to your driver tester on the day of your practical riding test.
Your IBT certificate will continue to be valid unless your learner permit lapses for a consecutive period of five years or more.