The new test comes into effect as of the 30th March 2009.
The new motorcycle test, designed to, and I quote the DSA, “improve the standard of road safety for motorcycle and moped riders” will now contain the following elements.
The new motorcycle test will be composed of two elements. The higher speed exercises and other exercises will be tested on safe off-road sites and take about 10 minutes to complete. The accompanied on road element of the test will follow, consisting of a road ride covering a variety of road and traffic conditions and will also include normal stops, hill and angle starts, just like the current motorcycle test.
The new elements of the off-road part of the motorcycle test will include the following:
- At least two exercises carried out at slow speed, including a slalom
- At least two exercises carried out at higher speed, of which one exercise should be in second or third gear, at a speed of at least 30 km/h (approx. 19 mph) and one exercise avoiding an obstacle at a minimum speed of 50 km/h (approx. 31 mph)
- At least two braking exercises, including an emergency brake at a minimum speed of 50 km/h (approx. 31 mph)
On the day of the test, candidates will be asked by the examiner to demonstrate their riding ability on either the left-hand or right-hand circuit. This will allow the examiner to be sure that the candidate has a very high level of machine control before being allowed on the on-road element.
If you fluff up the off-road part of the test, you will not be allowed to go out on the road for the next part and will have to rebook the off-road test again.
This new part of the test is designed to be difficult and you will need to be able to demonstrate that you can ride the bike with a great deal of confidence. Some riding schools are predicting that it will take longer to teach the new elements for the test and as a result the cost of training for the test will in all probability go up.
Here are diagrams of the left hand and right hand circuits which the off road part of the test will be done on. I personally didn’t like the look of this at all and made sure I passed my test before the new one came in!!
Now if you are thinking about doing your bike test this year, maybe you should consider doing it, if at all possible, before the new test comes in. I for one didn’t like the look of the new test being introduced and made sure I passed my bike test before the new one was launched. In fact if I had failed my test in February 2008 I was prepared to try every month until I passed it, I was so adamant I didn’t want to do the new test!
So don’t delay if you want to do your bike test soon, ring your local motorcycle school and get yourself booked in before its too late. No doubt they will be booked solid soon with people trying to get their test done before the cut off date for the new test.