Concern over motor cycle 'swerve test'
A BBC News report last week claimed that the DSA is under pressure to re-think its new motorcycle test following a series of crashes in the first few weeks of its use.
The report says that some instructors are blaming a new manoeuvre known as the 'swerve test' which they say is dangerous and ill-thought out.
In a statement, the DSA said: "Although the new test is designed to be more challenging, this does not mean it is more dangerous.
"Riders who have trained and practised enough should be perfectly capable of passing. We have had one instructor who has told us that out of 12 of his trainees taking the test in one day, 11 passed.
"There have been reported incidents on less than one per cent of the new module one motorcycle tests conducted so far. The most common mistake seems to be accelerating too fast up to the avoidance exercise and then braking before swerving. Candidates should be building up speed steadily and only applying braking after the bike is upright again following a controlled swerve.
"When we consulted with the motorcycle industry it was agreed that it was important that riders should be able to demonstrate that they could keep the bike under control while doing the avoidance exercise. We will continue to hold meetings with the motorcycle industry, as we have done throughout the consultation process on the new test."
For further information contact Chris Lee at the DSA Press Office.
Click here to see a BBC News video report about the new test.
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