The introduction of the new practical motorcycle test has been delayed until March 30 next year, the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) has announced.
Originally scheduled for September 29, 2008, the postponement follows representations from the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) and the Motorcycle Rider Training Association (MRTA).
The delay will allow tests to continue at a wide range of centres while the agency works with motorcycle groups to provide the new test in problem locations.
DSA chief executive Rosemary Thew said: "Increasing road safety for motorcyclists has always been a top priority and it remains so. We listened carefully to the concerns put to us, and this deferment acknowledges those concerns.
"None of us has lost sight of the fact that the aim of the new motorcycle test is to improve road safety for this important group of road users.
"This extra six months will give additional opportunity to find extra locations that we need to deliver the new test and potentially address gaps in service provision which have been highlighted to us."
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