Yamaha has pledged to help improve farm safety by offering free ATV rider competency training from European All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Institute (EASI®) to anyone purchasing a new Yamaha ATV. “We have always advocated ATV operators being trained to use any machines, so to help improve driver competency we offer these courses free of charge,” says William Kay, Yamaha ATV Manager.

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) the total cost of workplace injury to agriculture, forestry, and fishing was estimated at between £108 million and £274 million*. To reduce risk, improve operator competence, and help safeguard workers, the HSE strongly advise that ATV operators complete a training course. “ATVs when used properly can save time and money. Our training courses highlight general machine checks, upkeep, weight distribution and active riding, which is imperative when operating on uneven, rutted terrain which is so often found on farms,” says Amy Morris, EASI UK Regional Operations Manager.

Taking a basic course to learn riding skills and use the correct equipment can help prevent the risk of accidents. “With the ever-increasing popularity of ATV’s many operators have little or no experience. An ATV handles very differently to cars and motorcycles so it is vitally important that all users should learn how to safely operate an ATV by taking an operator course,” says Mrs Morris.

The training can be completed in one day and there are 38 centres throughout the UK to do so. EASI advises that all riders, including those with years of experience, make the most of this offer. “Even experienced riders can find themselves in potentially hazardous situations that can, without the correct training and knowledge, result in serious accidents. We welcome this move by Yamaha and hope that its customers will take advantage of this offer,” adds Mrs Morris.