THE TRANSPORT COMMITTEE is to hold an inquiry into the current motorcycle testing system.
Since the new testing system was introduced in April 2009, concerns have been expressed that there are too few test centres and that some test candidates are now required to travel long distances to reach their nearest test centre. Serious doubts have also been raised about the safety of riders taking the off-road test, particularly the 'swerve and stop' test.
Several riders have been injured after crashing while taking the 'swerve and stop' test. Experts claim the test is dangerous and that new riders are at risk from the new manoeuvre, especially in wet road conditions.
The Committee is looking for feedback to answer the following:
Has the DSA interpreted the EU Second Driving Licence Directive correctly and applied it appropriately?
Are the off-road motorcycle tests safe and appropriate?
Is the number of motorcycle test centres adequate and are the locations satisfactory?
What is the impact of the recent changes in motorcyclist testing?
Interested parties are invited to submit evidence by Tuesday 22 September 2009.