MSF holding rider training hostage in New York

The training season in New York officially began March 15 and runs until November 15—though only the southern part of the state can train for the whole six months. However, according to two sources—all training providers have been told by the Motorcycle Safety Program that they cannot offer any training. MSF also has refused to sell handbooks to the sites until the DMV signs the statewide administration contract. All RERPS for programs, ranges and instructors have been cancelled.

MSF who was awarded the New York state contract at the end of January is still in negotiations and has not yet signed the state contract. No sites have finished the application process or received contracts. No ranges have been approved. There is no Policies & Procedures yet in place—nor anything else required to actually run a state program.

For all intents and purposes, MSF is holding training hostage as spring brings out the bikes—and the highest accident rates of the year.

It’s reported that some sites contacted the DMV directly and asked what they should do and were told to go ahead and train. It’s unknown if, without RERPS on the provider or range, insurance would cover an incident should one occur.

Some sites did go ahead and offer training anyway last weekend. Others were too afraid to potentially alienate MSF or to take on the additional risks they might incur without a contract, RERP or certainty insurance would still cover them.

However, even if the DMV gave permission and the owners were willing to risk it, some sites don’t have enough handbooks in stock and some are in danger of losing their range space they rent without a contract. Conversely, if they can hang on to the range, they are locked into contracts with New York real estate prices without even knowing if they will be offered a contract by MSF.

MSF’s failure to have acted in a timely manner also means that independent providers are in danger of not only losing sites, but they’re already scrambling with hugely unanticipated costs of buying motorcycles that the previous administrator, MANYS provided.

But without money from students being trained coming in, these small businesses also are in danger of losing their businesses all together—and instructors in danger of losing employment at a time when many are worried about their own finances.

Given the severe economic situation of the country, this couldn’t have happened at a worse time. Given that spring is the both the most seductive time to ride a motorcycle after a long winter and yet is the most dangerous time of the year to ride, this couldn’t happen at a worse time either.

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4 Comments on “MSF holding rider training hostage in New York”

  1. Jeff Brenton Says:

    MSF’s failure to have acted in a timely manner also means that independent providers are in danger of not only losing sites, but they’re already scrambling with hugely unanticipated costs of buying motorcycles that the previous administrator, MANYS provided.

    Let me get this straight… MSF got the contract because they were the low bidder, but their bid didn’t include providing the training bikes, which the MANYS bid did? Something is seriously screwy in the bidding process…

  2. wmoon Says:

    Yes, that’s exactly it. MSF was simply lower in dollar amount–and not that much lower. However, NYS did not consider the necessity of training motorcycles since the cost would be passed on to small business owners rather than being borne by the state.

    It’s an example of an externality, defined by Milton Friedman as “the effect of a transaction…on a third party who has not consented to or played any role in the carrying out of the transaction.”

    Plus, NY has a price cap on training meaning that buying motorcycles cannot be compensated by increasing fees. The increased financial burden must be swallowed by the small business–meaning it has to come out in cost-cutting in other ways. The question is how that cost-cutting will affect the quality of training.

    New York, by accepting what was a lower bid for less service put a huge burden on small business at a time when credit to buy motorcycles is very hard to get increasing a burden on small businesses that’s so necessary to economic recovery. And NY did this in a way that favored multi-billion dollar corporations that have far more political power than those small business people.

  3. A. Nonymous Says:

    As of today (3/19) at least some sites have received books.

  4. wmoon Says:

    Thank you for updating us. As helpful as handbooks are, contracts are much,much better. Since MSF knew it was going to be getting the contract long before mid-Jan–and even then it’s been two months and it’s not like they haven’t taken over state programs before–it’s surprisingly incompetent that they are bungling this so badly.

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