Mar. 10, 2017

Spring is just around the corner, and that means motorcycle riders will be hitting the road. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) suggests that motorcyclists prepare for the upcoming riding season by taking one of several free training courses that are available through the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program (PAMSP).

The courses are offered at numerous locations statewide to Pennsylvania residents who have a motorcycle learner’s permit or motorcycle license. They are conducted on a riding range, under the supervision of certified instructors.

PAMSP offers a five-day, 15-hour licensing course called the Basic Rider Course (BRC) for inexperienced riders seeking a license. This course provides valuable training for new riders and gives experienced riders the opportunity to polish their skills. Students taking the BRC are provided with a motorcycle and helmet. Under state law, all permit holders under the age of 18 must complete the BRC in order to receive their motorcycle license.

More experienced riders may take a one-day, six-hour licensing course called the Basic Rider Course 2 (BRC2), which is also recommended for skilled riders who want to refresh their safety knowledge. Students must provide their own motorcycle and protective gear.

The Advanced Rider Course (ARC) is a one-day training session which offers licensed motorcyclists a chance to enhance their safety skills. Participants in the advanced course are required to use their own motorcycle.

Finally, PAMSP offers 12 hours of training for owners of 3-wheeled motorcycles. Students must provide their own bike and protective gear.

For more information or to enroll in a course, visit or call 1-800-845-9533.

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Representative Tarah Toohil
116th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office
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