|Authors:||Fridulv Sagberg, Ole Aasvik|
|ISBN (digital version):||978-82-480-2115-5|
The Norwegian training curriculum for moped and light motorcycle was changed in 2017, and this report presents a pre-intervention study for assessing effects of the changes. Register data show that mean age for completing mandatory training is 15.5 years for moped and 16 years for light motorcycle. This means that most riders get their license as soon as they reach the minimum age of 16 years. A survey among approximately 800 moped and 1100 light motorcycle riders being licensed in 2016 showed that only 15% of moped riders had more than two training lessons beyond the mandatory part, compared to 59% of light motorcycle riders. The survey showed mainly positive attitudes regarding various road safety items and a low prevalence of risk-taking behaviour in traffic, except for speeding and moped tuning for increased power. Light motorcycle riders reported more speeding behaviour than moped riders. This could be related to a larger proportion of males among light motorcycle riders. Accident register data showed a considerable decrease since 2004 in number of crashes per vehicle per year. However, as many as 22% of moped riders and 27% of light motorcycle riders are involved in crashes during their first year of licensed riding.