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Plans to have new motorcycle test

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The Government has published plans for a new single, on-road motorcycle test trial, which would do away with the current two-part test.

Road Safety Minister Mike Penning said the review of the motorcycle test reflects public concerns over the existing test, and that the changes have been proposed after consulting with motorcycle groups, training organisations and others since June 2010.

Mr Penning said: "I want to make sure that we have a test which prepares bikers properly for the road so the motorcycle test review is a top priority for me.

"My goal has always been a single, on-road test which is rigorous and reflects real-life conditions. By working with the motorcycle training industry and others we have identified a set of changes which have the potential to deliver this."

The new test would feature a potential new hazard avoidance manoeuvre, which can be performed on the road.

Another proposal is that the slow manoeuvres such as slalom, figure of eight, and U turn could be examined as part of the pre-test training that most candidates take, at existing off road training sites.

Trials of the proposed new manoeuvres are expected to begin in the early part of this year, followed by public consultation on the changes put forward.

© Press Association 2011