In April 2009 a new testing regime, based on the Second EU Driving Licence Directive, was introduced. Deadlines for implementation had not been met and when the new test was finally introduced, it was met with intense criticism and safety concerns. The number of tests taken dropped dramatically in the first few months and the industry suggested that the new test regime would threaten many small businesses and jobs. The Committee was concerned to not only establish whether the test had gone wrong and how problems could be rectified but also to ensure lessons are leaned before the implementation of the Third EU Driving Licence Directive. They concluded that they could not see why the Government failed to obtain derogation from certain speed requirements and that though many elements of the new regime were appropriate it was important to take into account the concerns expressed and consider what adjustments might be required. They also believe that training and instruction for the motorcycle test needs to develop and change to reflect the new test requirements. The off-road module of the test also needs to be amended to allow candidates to adapt their riding to reflect prevailing weather, road and other circumstances. The development of better awareness of motorcyclists among other road users is also crucial and should not be neglected. Though the Government exceeded what was necessary to comply with the EU directive the Committee believes they were right to do so. It is the development of Multi Purpose Test Sites for which justification was weak and implementation inept which represents the least effective element.Junctions, bends and overtakes are the most common situational places where motorcycle accidents happen. About a fifth of motorcycle accidents happen around bends, which is where we get this stereotype of motorcycles going too fast intoanbsp;...
|Title||:||The New European Motorcycle Test|
|Author||:||Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Transport Committee|
|Publisher||:||The Stationery Office - 2010-03-23|