THE Driving Standards Agency is opening up eight new motorcycle test centres.
The new centres will be able to cater for the Module 2 motorcycle test and are based on current DSA sites.
The new centres are based in Bridgend, Chesterfield, Hamilton, Letchworth, Rhyl, Southampton Maybush, Southport and Stranraer.
The new motorcycle test and a lack of access to motorcycle test centres has been a classic example of government incompetence from the word go. Back in 2007, protesters gathered outside Moray motorcycle test centre after it was announced it would be closed in favour of new test 'supercentres'. Other test centres were closed while new ones, like the motorcycle test centre in Dundee, were delayed, meaning learner bikers had to travel 60-miles to their nearest centre.
Despite the addition of eight new test centres, the UK is still severely lacking in test centres. Large areas such as Somerset, Essex and Gloucestershire have just one motorcycle Module 2 test centre. Other counties, like Herefordshire, have none.
DSA Chief Executive, Rosemary Thew, said: "We are always looking at how we can improve the service we offer and we will continue to look at opening more sites where demand and examiner resource allow. We plan to actively recruit and train more motorcycle examiners ready for 2014."