New motorcycle test plans published

The Government has published plans to trial a new, single, on-road motorcycle test, which could in the future replace the two-part examination.

The report on the review of motorcycle testing in Great Britain, published by road safety minister Mike Penning, recommends the introduction of a revised hazard avoidance manoeuvre, which could be performed on normal roads after further trialling.

It also proposes that slow exercises including U-turn, slalom and figure-of-eight be examined at training centres before heading on to the road.

The motorcycle test is currently carried out in two parts comprising on-road and off-road examinations.

Mr Penning said: "I want to make sure that we have a test which prepares bikers properly for the road so the motorcycle test review is a top priority for me.

"My goal has always been a single, on-road test which is rigorous and reflects real-life conditions. By working with the motorcycle training industry and others we have identified a set of changes which have the potential to deliver this.

"It is also my aim that these changes will open up the test to those living in areas which are poorly served by the current network of off-road test centres."

He added that wider trials involving test-level candidates are set to be carried out followed by public consultation on the proposed changes.

Mr Penning said: "I am grateful to all those who have given their time and expertise to the review and the focus will now be on starting trials of these proposals."

The review was undertaken by a collaboration between the Department for Transport, motorcycle groups and training organisations since June 2010.

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