Title: The Motorcycle Test Review
Organisation: Department for Transport
Date uploaded: 15th July 2013
Date published/launched: July 2013
This review of the way motorcycle testing is conducted has concluded that the current off-road manoeuvre test is safer and cheaper than carrying it out on-road.
Currently, the motorcycle test is conducted in two parts – the first involves demonstrating specific manoeuvres off-road and the second is an on-road test.
The Motorcycle Test Review was commissioned to look at the feasibility of moving the off-road manoeuvres part of the test onto the road, but concluded that this would increase injuries and costs. The Government will therefore not implement a single-event on-road motorcycle test.
Research carried out for the review showed that an on-road manoeuvres test would lead to 17 times the number of serious incidents per year – especially as a result of the higher speed exercises. The research also showed it would increase the duration of the test which would result in higher costs for both candidates and the DSA.
During the Motorcycle Test Review the DfT and the DSA worked closely with a range of stakeholders, including trainers.
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