The MRTA is now reminding fleets that taking on motorcycles is only a cheaper and more economical option if the proper training courses are used.
MRTA director Kevin Kelly said: 'Training is vital, particularly for someone who hasn't been on a bike for a while, and refresher training is even more important. Within fleets riders can easily get into bad habits and that is where refresher courses come in. It has to be in the best interest of fleet managers to make sure riders are properly trained. Increased accidents will not only push up insurance premiums, they are far more likely to result in serious injury.'