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Driving: Motorcycling Test

Volume 707: debated on Thursday 29 January 2009

Statement

My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport (Jim Fitzpatrick) has made the following Ministerial Statement.

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; and

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 of £80 will be split into two elements: £10 for module 1 and £70 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 the consultation paper and impact assessments have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

The documents are also available from the DSA website at www.dsa.gov.uk.