PAMSP Motorcycles are heading to auction!

PennDOT, via PAMSP, owns and operates a fleet of motorcycles used for motorcyclist skills training via Beginner Riding Clinics. The motorcycles are purchased by the Program Administration company and later reimbursed by PAMSP. PA Motorcyclist has posted information on this ~1,200 vehicle fleet in a number of posts as well as an 8/23/2020 blog postContinue reading “PAMSP Motorcycles are heading to auction!”

Yes, PAMSP Instructors, MSF abandoned you.

After a nearly 3-decade run MSF (Motorcycle Safety Foundation) was displaced as the PAMSP (PA Motorcycle Safety Program) Administration company by PennDOT in 2013. Their replacement was Cape Fox Professional Services (CPFS) who took over PAMSP administration (day to day operations) but kept the MSF curriculum. Following CPFS’ failed administration PennDOT created a new RFPContinue reading “Yes, PAMSP Instructors, MSF abandoned you.”

Why is the 2020 PAMSP “restart” so slow?

It’s not a “restart”. The 2020 PAMSP “emergency” contract is a way for PennDOT, for about one month, to address their violation of (2) statutory requirements – the training of under 18 yr old riders (which they have been doing, on their own, completely via web…) who require taking and passing a PA Beginner RiderContinue reading “Why is the 2020 PAMSP “restart” so slow?”

Could “competition” make PA a ‘one’ curriculum motorcyclist training Program?

In 2013, after nearly 3 decades running PAMSP as the Program administration company, MSF (Motorcycle Safety Foundation) was displaced by PennDOT. MSF was replaced by Cape Fox Professional Services (CPFS) who took over PAMSP Program Administration after winning the 2013 RFP, keeping the existing MSF curriculum in place as it had been for the 28Continue reading “Could “competition” make PA a ‘one’ curriculum motorcyclist training Program?”

How will PennDOT grow via PAMSP’s “3rd party” model?

Since 1985 PAMSP (Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program) has been administered by a single 3rd party Program Administration company responding to an RFP (Request for Proposal), contracted in 5 year increments to staff and operate the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program (PAMSP). As noted in one of our previous posts PAMSP is uniquely self-funded via fees collectedContinue reading “How will PennDOT grow via PAMSP’s “3rd party” model?”

For PAMSP Instructors wondering, WTF is going on with the Progam…

It appears, for the most part, PAMSP Instructors will teach anything, anywhere, anytime until they either don’t want to or can no longer do it. They aren’t very activist, don’t make a lot of waves, won’t be showing up at your house with motorcycles and pitchforks, and don’t always like reading long posts – butContinue reading “For PAMSP Instructors wondering, WTF is going on with the Progam…”

It’s past time to audit the PAMSP

The Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program (PAMSP) was created by legislation in 1984, started operation in 1985 and after 35 years of central operation at over 70 sites across the Commonwealth will be disrupted by the “3rd party” training vendor contract change released by PennDOT in 2020 and 2021. Comprised of ~500 Instructors at it’s highContinue reading “It’s past time to audit the PAMSP”

It’s not “competition”, it’s picking winners and losers, PennDOT.

At the end of 2020 (with perhaps a month or two of training left) PennDOT put out an “Emergency” RFP in order to meet the requirement to have a Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program and avoid a showdown over continuing permit/license fees collections, under 18 training requirements and the statutory requirement to offer motorcyclist training inContinue reading “It’s not “competition”, it’s picking winners and losers, PennDOT.”

Did ABATE of PA forget what the “E” means when it comes to PAMSP?

For those of you who don’t know, ABATE of PA is a Pennsylvania motorcycle rights organization in Pennsylvania best known for their efforts to change to PA helmet law. Contrary to popular belief PA does still have a mandatory helmet law – it just has a few notable exceptions where helmet use is not requiredContinue reading “Did ABATE of PA forget what the “E” means when it comes to PAMSP?”

How will PAMSP operate without [program] motorcycles?

Historically PAMSP – for over 30 years – has operated at over 60 sites with “Program supplied motorcycles” for Basic Rider Courses. The ~1,100 bikes were purchased and owned by the Program (PennDOT), centrally housed during the winter, stored locally at sites in PennDOT supplied sheds during the training season and maintained by a smallContinue reading “How will PAMSP operate without [program] motorcycles?”

PAMSP – Making the case for increased liability

Motorcycle training, to coin a popular movie line, “requires a unique set of skills”. Most of what we do on a motorcycle is counter-intuitive – turning at speed, maximum braking, swerving/object avoidance, hazard detection, passengers & cargo, maintenance, impairments, environment, etc. are all much different than driving a car. Many ‘survivors’ have learned, without anyContinue reading “PAMSP – Making the case for increased liability”

PennDOT, PAMSP and the 2021 Disaster

For those of you who have not been paying attention (including most of ABATE of PA & the PA legislature, apparently) PennDOT cancelled the PAMSP (Motorcycle Safety Program) contract in 2020 for “convenience” – cancelling a single contract, with a single 3rd party administrator, a single curriculum and a single company to reimburse, measure qualityContinue reading “PennDOT, PAMSP and the 2021 Disaster”

PAMSP, PennDOT and the lack of legislative oversight.

If you look at the description of Legislative “Oversight Committees” or their members in Pennsylvania they include such catch-phrases describing their ‘mission’ as “to provide better legislative oversight on how tax dollars are spent and how state agencies operate”, “increase regulatory review oversight, transparency” or “to restore accountability, oversight and transparency”. In fact it turnsContinue reading “PAMSP, PennDOT and the lack of legislative oversight.”

The “Emergency Contract” drops (like a lead balloon)

In case you weren’t aware PennDOT dropped an “Emergency Contract” today, 07/02/2020, with a due date of 08/31/2020 and a termination date of 12/31/2020. If you were an Instructor hoping to go back to work, good luck. If you had been urgently calling your legislators to get the program back on track you’ve likely gottenContinue reading “The “Emergency Contract” drops (like a lead balloon)”

PAMSP – A fully funded Commonwealth program you have no say in.

PAMSP – Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program for those of you new to the site – was created by the Legislature back in the 80s when they added Motorcycles to Title 75. It was intended to train motorcyclists in an effort to keep them safe. Unlike other programs it is, to this day, fully funded viaContinue reading “PAMSP – A fully funded Commonwealth program you have no say in.”

How to send under aged motorcycle riders into harm’s way, PA-style

This week PennDOT announced a way to address a legal issue they created when they cancelled the PA Motorcycle Training Program (PAMSP) training contract in April of 2020: Per Act 84 of 2012 those under 18 must follow strict graduated licensing guidelines including completing PAMSP training. Cancelling the PAMSP contract… no PA Motorcycle Safety Program…Continue reading “How to send under aged motorcycle riders into harm’s way, PA-style”

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 inContinue reading “If you are expecting regular updates about PAMSP restart progress, don’t.”

A successful PAMSP requires accountability & transparency

The week of 5/11-15/2020 there was a planned meeting between members of PennDOT and a single group to discuss the future of the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program (PAMSP). No, you would not have heard about it on the Internet. No, it didn’t appear on any public schedule, and no, you would not have been invitedContinue reading “A successful PAMSP requires accountability & transparency”

PAMSP needs transparency, not back room deals

If we’re to learn anything from the last decade of PAMSP’s existence is that not engaging the people who know the Program the best – Instructors, Site Coordinators, etc. – has not worked out well. Instructors are the heart of the Program. Instructors take a long time to locate and train. Without Instructors classes can’tContinue reading “PAMSP needs transparency, not back room deals”

What does PA Title 75 § 7911(a) actually say about the PA Motorcycle Safety Education Program?

Amended in 1984 to add Motorcycles to Title 75 of the PA Consolidated Statutes it also included the creation of a Motorcycle Safety Education Program. On April 18th, 2020, the Contract to Administer that Program was cancelled by PennDOT. Not due to budget, the Program is self-funding. Not because the Program was running, it wasContinue reading “What does PA Title 75 § 7911(a) actually say about the PA Motorcycle Safety Education Program?”

You can make a difference with the PA Legislature – and you are

Many of you have taken advantage of the form letter, call to action and information from this site (such as the “How we got here” post) to contact your local representatives. And it’s working. Many Representatives are unaware of what PAMSP does, who PAMSP helps and that it has a statutory requirement under Title 75Continue reading “You can make a difference with the PA Legislature – and you are”

How PAMSP is, and has been, run centrally

Can PAMSP be run competitively, with innovation. Yes. For the Program to run well it needs minimal oversight and day to day engagement from PennDOT, less focus on onerous reporting, chasing reimbursements, contract management, etc. and ability to focus its energies on doing what it is supposed to be doing – setting the stage toContinue reading “How PAMSP is, and has been, run centrally”

What if they cancelled a Motorcycle Safety Program and no one noticed?

What if one person suddenly cancelled a Program that taught upwards of 25,000 people a year, employed a few full time staff people and nearly 300 Instructors? You would think there would be an uproar. On April 18th, 2020, PennDOT suddenly – with no oversight, mediation, etc. – cancelled a 5 year contract just enteringContinue reading “What if they cancelled a Motorcycle Safety Program and no one noticed?”

PAMSP – Depends on what the definition of “suspended” is…

You may be wondering how, if a Contract is suspended in its entirety, PennDOT could continue to make demands of the Contract Administrator, without defining what parts of the Contract, if any, were still in effect – if neither could incur any liabilities under it? PennDOT Contract Suspension: PennDOT, 3/19/2020:“Based upon the March 6, 2020Continue reading “PAMSP – Depends on what the definition of “suspended” is…”

PAMSP Instructors and Supporters: A Call to action

Currently the PAMSP (PA Motorcycle Program) is in shambles. It lacks a Contract, Program Administrator, Curricula, Staff, Mechanics, Instructors. PAMSP Motorcycles remain in sheds scattered across Pennsylvania, as well as in the Main Warehouse, unattended, batteries dying, carburetors fouling. PennDOT has been through 3 of the largest Motorcycle Training providers/administrators in the country in underContinue reading “PAMSP Instructors and Supporters: A Call to action”

PAMSP training providers – Let’s try to be objective: 2018 – The PAMSP Office opens (Part 5 of 5)

2018: Office opens, endless training begins. The new Administration had been given a daunting task and little time or assistance to accomplish it. Keep in mind that at the beginning of 2018 the Program started with 0 Instructors. This was an occurrence that had not happened in the Program since its inception. The 2018 PAMSPContinue reading “PAMSP training providers – Let’s try to be objective: 2018 – The PAMSP Office opens (Part 5 of 5)”

PAMSP training providers – Let’s try to be objective: December-February 2017 (Part 4 of 5)

December 2017 – the “Freezing Preview” In order to expose PA Instructors to the new curricula, (2) small groups of PAMSP Instructors from across the Commonwealth were invited to participate in a preview of the Beginner Rider Clinic classroom and range. The Instructors were from a wide range of backgrounds, different locations across the Commonwealth,Continue reading “PAMSP training providers – Let’s try to be objective: December-February 2017 (Part 4 of 5)”

PAMSP training providers – Let’s try to be objective: The 2017-2018 Gap (Part 3 of 5)

In part 2 of 5, 2014-2017, the tenure of Vendor Y was coming to a close. Administratively the program was in disarray, Instructors faith lost in the Administration, but still training students actively in the field – students first. Many Instructors thought they knew what was coming next… The 2017-2018 Gap By the end ofContinue reading “PAMSP training providers – Let’s try to be objective: The 2017-2018 Gap (Part 3 of 5)”

PAMSP training providers – Let’s try to be objective: 2014-2017 (Part 2 of 5)

When we last left our story 2013 was coming to a close. The 15yr incumbent Program Administrator, Company X, had lost their bid to remain running the Program following a contract RFP generated, evaluated and awarded by PennDOT to another party, Vendor Y. Change was coming and PennDOT had made that decision, but not allContinue reading “PAMSP training providers – Let’s try to be objective: 2014-2017 (Part 2 of 5)”

PAMSP training providers – Let’s try to be objective: 1984-2013 (Part 1 of 5)

For some reason, bringing up one training provider or another with regards to PAMSP (Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program) can illicit feelings of pride, of anger, disappointment or even disgust. This animus may be individual, group or organization related – or a little of both. Given the fact that PAMSP Instructors, at their zenith, in anyContinue reading “PAMSP training providers – Let’s try to be objective: 1984-2013 (Part 1 of 5)”

PAMSP Offline – How we got here

While COVID is certainly on our minds now for the past 35 years a small group of highly trained, Nationally Certified Professionals have been teaching motorcyclists of all levels of skills and experience how to identify & mitigate risks, protect themselves and their passengers and how to improve their skills via Instruction and coaching. ThisContinue reading “PAMSP Offline – How we got here”