Road Safety Minister unveils plans to revamp current scheme
FOLLOWING ONGOING criticism of the current motorcycle testing system, plans for a new-style motorcycle test have been published today by Road Safety Minister Mike Penning.A report of the current testing shambles scheme, along with plans for a new, single test is the result of work the Department has undertaken with motorcycle groups, training organisations and others since June 2010.Proposals include slow manoeuvres such as slalom, figure of eight, and U turn could be examined at training centres by delegated examiners ahead of the main test. Trials of the new system will start in the new year, with adoption of the new test by the end of 2011 or early 2012. Mike 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."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."
Posted: 21/12/2010 at 12:43
Posted: 21/12/2010 at 17:23
Really don't see what the fuss has been about the current test. I passed it last year and it was raining for both parts. The offroad part 1 was performed on the probably the best surface I've ever ridden on. If anyone does come off then perhaps they just are not yet ready and better to happen in a controlled environment than on the road.
Perhaps if the motorcycle press had not made such a big deal the numbers would not have dropped so much - I was certainly put off but decided to go ahead anyway.
Posted: 21/12/2010 at 20:09
Posted: 21/12/2010 at 20:58
I have failed Module 1 twice so have never got to Module 2. The annoying thing is failing the test for trivial things such as knocking a cone with the toe of your boot.
I propose that the Module 1 be trained, tested and certified by your motorcycle trainer, much like the CBT. Whilst it's possible this might be open to abuse, the motorcycle trainers I have met take their responsibilities very seriously and I wouldn't expect them to send someone for their Government test who is inadequately prepared.
In NSW in Australia you do two courses: a pre-learner course and a pre-provisional course conducted by private training centres. Pass both those and you can get a provisional licence. You only do a Government test if there is no private training centre in your area (basically country areas). In the equivalent of the Module 1 (administered by the trainer) the emergency stop and swerve are done at 20km/h!! And in the emergency stop you are permitted to lock the wheels and skid!
Posted: 22/12/2010 at 13:43
Stewart Williams2 , I agree fully with you!
The 2 Part test, is in reality a good thing IMHO.
Yes, we all know that riding on your own on the roads is the best way to learn and lots of old bikers like to boast about how their test was only a ride around the block observed by a man with a clipboard, well all well and good back in the good old days when road condition were what they were!
These days I think its a good idea to have the manouvers tested off road, in reality it is easier for the candidate, it cost 10 quid and you have near perfect riding condition, granted the swerve test can be a contentious point but if someone just pointed out to the poeple who havn't worked out countersteering from their pushbike days, it wouldn't really be a problem!
If you can't swerve a bike around a cone well you really shouldn't be riding down a road with people on it. I think countersteering should be actively taught instead of shying away from a swerve test!
Just think if it went back to the good old test, for every swerve test you failed on the road it would cost about £70 these days.
I say keep the test the same, its a piece of piss but have the option to waiver the swerve test in adverse weather conditions.
On a last note, its really up to the instructors to get your student up to scratch, some instructors are great other seem like they are just on a show off trip with more stories than vietnam vets but whoever you are get your students out there and teach them how to ride not just taking them around the test route again and again, thats how they will fail the mod 1!
Posted: 23/12/2010 at 01:16
Posted: 23/12/2010 at 11:57
jees you're invinceable now gobshite72
Posted: 26/12/2010 at 23:11
I would not want to see the two tests combined into one and therefore each failure to get to 52kph results in a loss of £80/£100 as opposed to £15. I have struggled to get to the speed on my YBR125 - even my experienced instructor could not get it faster than 53kph in the space allowed.
Posted: 28/12/2010 at 08:34
i took the test before the new modular one was implimented and i want to see what the differrence was so i went to watch my younger bro take his tests
the swerve looked bloody dangerous! he passed but admitted to me that that was the scariest bit of the test and saw a girl in his group fall off at training and break her wrist
Posted: 03/01/2011 at 13:46
Posted: 28/06/2011 at 11:13
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