Two-part learner-biker test mooted

A two-part test for learner bikers is included in planned changes being mooted by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA).

The first part would cover manoeuvres to assess whether riders can control their machine safely, including a 30mph emergency stop. The second would include an eyesight test and up to 35 minutes of riding in traffic.

DSA chief executive Rosemary Thew said: "Statistics show that motorcyclists are the most vulnerable road users. They make up just 1% of road traffic, but account for 20% of road deaths.

"A two-part modular test would introduce a step-by-step considered approach to riding a motorcycle and offer the candidate time to absorb each separate important stage to learning.

"The new test may also offer a long-term solution in terms of service provision for both the agency and the industry. I hope motorcyclists will consider these proposals and give us their views."

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