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Motorcyclists face test changes

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Motorcyclists who take their tests from April will be faced with a new format and from October a price increase will be introduced, the Government announced.

The new practical test will be split into two parts, said junior transport minister Jim Fitzpatrick, with the fee rising to £90.50 later in the year on top of their bike insurance.

Previously riders had to pass the theory and on-road tests, but the changes mean learner riders will have to pass a theory test, a new manoeuvres test and a practical on-road test.

The changes were meant to be implemented last September, but were postponed because the new multi-purpose test centres, which are to replace existing sites, were not ready.

In a written statement to MPs, Mr Fitzpatrick said: "A two-part test will provide more delivery options, from a greater number of locations, enabling better utilisation of the current test centre estate and thereby offering improved geographic coverage.

"It will offer an improved level of customer service for motorcycling candidates and reduce the travel to test distance for some candidates."

© Press Association 2009