Every new Yamaha ATV will be offered with a free training course to improve safety standards.

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,” Yamaha ATV manager William Kay said.

To reduce risk, improve operator competence and help safeguard workers, the Health and Safety Executive strongly advises that ATV operators complete a training course.

“ATVs when used properly can save time and money,” Easi UK regional operations manager Amy Morris said. “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.”

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 ATVs, many operators have little or no experience,” Mrs Morrios added. “An ATV handles very differently to cars and motorcycles, so it’s vitally important that all users should learn how to safely operate an ATV by taking an operator course.”

The training can be completed in one day and there are 38 centres throughout the UK where it is offered. 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,” Mrs Morris said. “We welcome this move by Yamaha and hope that its customers will take advantage of this offer.”