Motorcycle testing could be changed

Changes to the motorcycle testing and training regime could soon be implemented after road safety minister Mike Penning announced that a review is to be carried out.

In order to meet the requirements of the second EU Directive on driving licences, the two-part motorcycle test was introduced in April 2009.

Concerns were voiced by motorcycle groups spurring the minister on to order the review. He also gleamed more details about the procedures when he visited a test centre. Ways to improve training will also be considered.

The new test was introduced in order to meet the requirements of the second EU Directive on driving licences. While most elements in the off-road module 1 test are required by the directive, there may be scope to make some changes to the way in which the test is carried out.

The DfT review will look at the manoeuvres carried out in both modules 1 (off-road) and 2 (on-road) and whether these manoeuvres could safely be conducted in the on-road test.

The review will also look at other related motorcycle testing and training issues, including the options for training and testing for progressive access under the third driving licence directive and how any changes relate to wider proposals to improve motorcycle training and testing.

Views are welcome from motorcycle riders, trainers, road safety groups, the wider public and others on what aspects of the motorcycle test should be looked at, including how and where they think motorcycle testing might best and most safely be carried out.

Views should be submitted to the Department for Transport by 31 July.

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