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Motorcycles: Driving Tests

Volume 477: debated on Friday 20 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many multi-purpose test centres (MPTCs) she estimates will be operational for motorcycle driving tests on 29 September 2008; and what estimate she has made of the greatest distance a candidate will have to travel to access a MPTC in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) Scotland on that date. (212439)

[holding answer 19 June 2008]: The Driving Standards Agency estimates that 39 multi-purpose test centres (MPTCs) will be operational by 29 September 2008. There will also be up to 12 part time motorcycle test centres to support these MPTCs.

These provisions will ensure that around 75 per cent. of motorcycle test candidates will be within 45 minutes or 20 miles of a motorcycle testing facility. In addition, around 93 per cent. of the population will be within 60 minutes of an MPTC and 98 per cent. within 90 minutes.

No estimate has been made of the longest distance a candidate will have to travel.