MONTPELIER, VT – Vermont Rider Education Program classes run by the state Department of Motor Vehicles have resumed after being canceled in April and May due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
All students are being required to wear face masks while in the classroom and inside buildings. Students are also being asked to bring hand sanitizer to use during the course.
The 18-hour Basic Rider Course is being taught this weekend (Friday through Sunday) in Dummerston, Pittsford and Colchester. Registration for those rider training classes ended last Thursday and all spots were filled.
In fact, all slots are taken for a total of 25 BRC classes in seven locations across the state through July 19.
As of this morning, VREP reports that three spots are open for a July 24-26 class in East Dorset, four spots for a July 31-Aug. 2 class in Dummerston and one spot for July 31-Aug. 2 in Berlin. After that, access becomes easier.
BRC classes will run through Oct. 4. A motorcycle permit is not necessary to take the class, which costs $185. Students successfully completing the classes get their motorcycle endorsement.
Wilkins Harley-Davidson in Barre also offers Riding Academy classes for new riders at a cost of $335, but promises a 6 to 1 student-to-teacher ratio, compared to 8 to 1 for VREP’s BRC classes.
Wilkins has a wait list for rider training classes in July, but plenty of openings in August and September.