Motorcycle Class Required by New State Law

(Bradenton, Fla., May 19, 2008) - Manatee Community College's (MCC) Center for Corporate and Community Development offers a Basic Rider Course that meets new requirements for all first-time applicants for motorcycle operation licenses.  A state statute effective July 1 requires proof of completion of a motorcycle safety course. The Basic Rider Course is offered at MCC Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West, and MCC Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail.

Nationally certified Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) rider coaches teach safe street-riding skills through classroom instruction and on-cycle training to students 16 years and older on trainer motorcycles provided by the College. The class meets 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursdays; and 6:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. After successfully completing the course, riders receive an MSF endorsement that may be taken to the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles (FDMV) office to seek a license. The fee is $209 for students age 21 and older and $189 for students between 16 and 20.

MCC also offers a First Run class for anyone wanting a license but apprehensive about riding, and an Experienced Rider Course for riders who own and operate motorcycles and know handling techniques. In the First Run class, students learn riding basics that include turning on the motorcycle, moving it and changing gears. The fee is $55. Students in the Experienced Rider Course use their own motorcycles and provide either a permit from the FDMV or an MRC endorsement. The fee is $135.

For more information, call MCC Bradenton at (941) 752-5203.or MCC Venice at (941) 408-1412.


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