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RULE §31.6Approved Standard Motorcycle Operator Training Course

(a) Except as modified by subsection (c) of this section, the department adopts the educational, safety, and RiderCoach standards, by reference, of the most current versions of the following Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) courses:

  (1) the approved basic motorcycle operator training course is the MSF Basic RiderCourse;

  (2) the approved advanced motorcycle operator training course is the Experienced RiderCourse Skills Plus (ERC) element of the MSF Experienced RiderCourse Suites; and

  (3) the approved RiderCoach preparation course is the MSF RiderCourse Preparation Course curriculum.

(b) Approved course curricula are available for inspection at the department's Austin headquarters.

(c) In addition to these curricula requirements, the minimum standards for motorcycle operator training courses include the following:

  (1) The student to instructor ratio for the basic and advanced course classroom instruction may not exceed 36 students per instructor.

  (2) The student to RiderCoach ratio for on-cycle instruction may not exceed six students per instructor until the instructor has taught more than six courses. Once this has occurred and the RiderCoach has requested in writing and received written permission from the department, they may teach up to eight students alone. In no case will there be more than 12 students on the range at any given time.

  (3) The department may change these ratios on a case-by-case basis when such change is justified after considering the available facilities, the safety of the students and RiderCoach(s), and the efficient conduct of the course.

  (4) A separate motorcycle must be available for each individual student during all on-cycle instruction.

(d) All participants and RiderCoaches must wear protective gear when participating in the on-cycle portion of the course. The minimum protective gear is as follows:

  (1) a motorcycle helmet that meets Department of Transportation standards;

  (2) eye protection;

  (3) over-the-ankle, sturdy footwear (not cloth, canvas, etc.);

  (4) long-sleeved shirt or jacket;

  (5) long, non-flare denim pants or equivalent; and

  (6) full-fingered gloves, preferably leather.

Source Note: The provisions of this §31.6 adopted to be effective April 20, 1993, 18 TexReg 2301; amended to be effective April 15, 1997, 22 TexReg 3305; amended to be effective May 10, 2000, 25 TexReg 4192; amended to be effective May 1, 2001, 26 TexReg 3222; amended to be effective December 25, 2003, 28 TexReg 11343; amended to be effective December 23, 2004, 29 TexReg 11747

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