I have today published a response to the Consultation Paper which sought views on a proposal to introduce a new practical motorcycling test and associated fees.
The DSA is required to implement European Community Directive 2005/56/EC with the main aim of improving road safety for motorcyclists.
After consultation a key decision is that the practical motorcycling test will be split into two modules.
Module 1— a specified manoeuvres test
Module 2— a road riding test
Bookings for the test in its new format will commence from 30 March at the latest, with the first tests taking place on 27 April.
A two part test will provide more delivery options, from a greater number of locations, enabling better utilisation of the current test centre estate and thereby offering improved geographic coverage. It will offer an improved level of customer service for motorcycling candidates and reduce the travel to test distance for some candidates.
The current fee for the existing standard practical motorcycling test, £80.00 will be split into 2 elements: £10.00 for Module 1 and £70.00 for Module 2.
The motorcycling test fees will increase to £15.50 for Module 1 and £75.00 for Module 2, for tests taken on or after 5 October 2009.
Copies of the Response to Consultation Paper and Impact Assessments have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.
The documents are also available from the DSA Website www.dsa.gov.uk.