the author visited japan in september 1978 to collect information on the licensing and training of motorcycle riders. visits were paid to several motorcycle training schools to see at first hand the facilities available and the techniques of instruction used. the training in japan was found to be strictly controlled, of a high standard and uses a considerable part of the road safety budget. whilst no national evidence was found which indicated that training by itself was effective in reducing accidents some evidence indicated that training was an effective measure and the consensus of opinion in japan is that training is an essential part of a road safety programme.(a)

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