Carole Nash
Content Writer
Published: 6th January 2009

Friday is your last chance to give your views on the proposed introduction of a new modular motorcycle practical test.

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) is asking for views from the public on proposals to split the current practical test into two separate modules which it believes will give would-be bikers a better start in their motorcycle career.

As part of the plan, the current single-unit practical test will be split, with candidates being required to pass module one, which will contain a series of specified manoeuvres such as avoidance and emergency stops at a minimum speed of 50kph, before being allowed to progress on to module two which will include a sight test followed by on-road elements of the test. Candidates who fail the second module would not be required to retake module one, provided that they pass the second module within two years of passing module one.

There will be no increase to the test fee as a result of the changes, with the current £80 fee being split across the two modules (£10 for module one and £70 for module two). The test fee will however see a pre-planned annual increment in October 2009, rising to £90.50 (£15.50 for module one and £75 for module two).

The theory test element will remain unchanged under the new system, with candidates still being required to pass the written exam before taking their practical test.

The plans, which were announced six weeks ago, will also make use of the new off-road test facilities that are currently being completed, with the DSA hoping to drastically improve their nationwide coverage by the time the new test is due to come into force in March.

DSA’s 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.”

Both members of the public and the motorcycle industry have until Friday January 9 to give their views on the proposals.

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