New bike test trials to start in 2011

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."