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Motorcycles: Licensing

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the answer of 16 April 2007, Official Report, columns 55-6W, on motorcycles: licensing, what her current estimate is of the costs provided in that answer; and if she will make a statement. (196709)

The total estimated cost for implementing the new practical motorcycling test being introduced in September 2008 is £71,000,000.

Of this, £70,200,000 is for acquisition, design construction and development of multi-purpose test centres (MPTCs). The remainder of £800,000 has been allocated for equipment, training and site set-up cost.

The second European driving licence directive as amended by Commission directive 56/2000 aims to improve the standard of road safety for all road users including motorcycle and moped riders. Test candidates must be able to demonstrate that they are competent to ride their machines at a more demanding level than is currently the case. The new practical motorcycle test must be introduced no later than 30 September 2008. The higher speed exercises and other manoeuvres will be performed in the off-road element of the test conducted at MPTC sites.

In the interests of the safety of all road users, not least the motorcycling test candidate, assessing the new manoeuvres will be conducted off-road at MPTCs.

MPTCs will also cater for other types of practical tests, including for car drivers.