If you are expecting regular updates about PAMSP restart progress, don’t.

You may look to social media, Legislators or other public facing resources expecting them to provide information as to the direction PAMSP is taking, who is going to run it, etc.

Don’t – you’ll just be disappointed.

When the decision has been made as to how the Program will move forward you’ll see it in some big announcement or, if you are suitably connected, you’ll hear about it in hushed whispers asking you to keep the secret until it is announced.

That’s certainly going to make some people feel very special.
Others, not so much.

PAMSP is a fully funded Program with its own budget so odds are PennDOT is simply going to take over day to day operation of the program with some level of support from the licensed curricula provider in a way similar to the way other States manage their Programs.

It could be that private 3rd party companies would be permitted to operate in the Commonwealth but if that was the only option that would lead to rampant inequity of access, sites, class availability, etc. and would require even more quality assurance checking across a diverse number of non-PennDOT entities.

PAMSP has had a working model for decades:

  • Centralized back office Administration/customer service (Admin resources)
  • Regions, Regional Managers, sites, Site Coordinators (Field/Training resources)
  • Trainers, QA & Mechanics (Shared resources)

Not that anyone has asked but if it isn’t broken why do we keep breaking it.
Ok, why do we keep allowing it to be broken.

Currently PAMSP isn’t the biggest issue facing the Commonwealth.
But it is certainly important.

Without motorcycle training people will become injured, perish, lose friends and family.
Make that point, make it often as in 2020 we’re doing no training.

  • Nearly 60% of motorcyclists in fatal accidents collided with motor vehicles
  • In two vehicle crashes nearly 80% were front end collisions (within the rider’s peripheral vision).
  • In 96% of front end fatal accidents the motorcycle is the striking vehicle.
    In rear end collisions, the motorcycle is the striking vehicle +80% – hit a vehicle directly in front of the motorcycle.
  • Motorcycles were more frequently involved in fatal collisions with fixed objects – not motor vehicles – aka going off the road.
  • 29% of motorcyclists involved in fatal accidents were operating without a valid license.
  • In over 20% of fatal accidents between motorcycles and motor vehicles both were going straight.
  • Most common location for a single vehicle accident?

Simply put:
Motorcyclists hit a lot of stuff, even when it is right in front of them, and crash in corners with alarming frequency. Why? Poor risk management, not knowing how/where to look, not understanding how to turn a motorcycle, going too fast for conditions, not practicing essential skills or knowing the limits of rider, bike and environment.

There are multiple reasons – all of which training can help address.

That being said if you are expecting regular updates on what is going on with PAMSP you are most likely going to be disappointed.

Expect that at some point, likely before 2020 ends, that you’ll hear about how PAMSP will move forward.

This will be an announcement, not a consultation.

At that point you’ll have the information to make up your mind to get on board, or not.

In the end you’ll have to live with the decision – both your’s and PennDOT’s.

Then, perhaps, we can get back to training people, saving lives.

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