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New motorbike test date deferred

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The introduction of the new practical motorcycle test is to be delayed by six months, the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) has announced.

The new test was originally scheduled for September 29 this year but, following representations from the Motorcycle Industry Association, the Motorcycle Rider Training Association and other motorcycle interests, the DSA has decided to put the date back until March 30 2009.

Rosemary Thew, the agency's chief executive, said: "Increasing road safety for motorcyclists has always been a top priority and it remains so. We listened carefully to the concerns put to us and this deferment acknowledges those concerns.

"None of us has lost sight of the fact that the aim of the new motorcycle test is to improve road safety for this important group of road users.

"This extra six months will give additional opportunity to find extra locations that we need to deliver the new test and potentially address gaps in service provision which have been highlighted to us."

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