Road Safety GB and other motorcycle stakeholders have expressed their concerns to the Transport Committee about the introduction of the new two-part motorcycle test.
Gareth Tuffery, one of Road Safety GB’s PTW advisors, was invited to attend a meeting of the Transport Committee at the Palace of Westminster on 14 October.
The new motorcycle test was originally scheduled for introduction in October 2008, but this was delayed until April 2009. The delay was a result of concerns raised by key motorcycle stakeholders, including Road Safety GB.
Module1 of the new test comprises a package of specified manoeuvres including the well-publicised swerve test, while module 2 comprises 30 minutes of on-road riding. In order to accommodate the new test the DSA has introduced a number of multi-purpose test centres.
Gareth Tuffery says: “When the DSA announced the changes, stakeholders and riders expressed grave concerns about the complexity of module 1 and the lack of test centres. Some candidates face a round journey of more than 60 miles and on arrival are required to swerve and stop, sometimes on a wet and slippery surface.”
Against this background, Road Safety GB, PACTS and other stakeholders responded with written evidence to the Transport Committee and were invited to attend the meeting on 14 October as witnesses.
Gareth says: “Both Road Safety GB and PACTS, represented by Robert Gifford, focused on the issue of rider safety while taking the test, and while travelling to the test centre.
“I felt extremely nervous – perhaps as nervous as a candidate faced with the swerve test and controlled braking exercise on a wet surface.
“We look forward to the publication of the final report and the Committee’s recommendations. However, it’s significant that Road Safety GB had a voice and that voice was heard.”
For further information contact Gareth Tuffery on 020 7525 5566.
Footnote: A full report on the meeting can be found in the members’ section of this website.