Now is your chance to improve motorcycle licensing

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Published on 3 January 2017 by Robert Drane

Motorcycle licensing has been the subject of many heated debates, especially as car drivers need to pass only one test to legally control vehicles of any engine size.

However, now you have the power to change how motorcycle testing works.


A “fairer” licensing system

On December 30 2016, the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) began a public consultation to improve motorcycle training. The aim is to “treat new drivers and riders alike” in a “fairer” system.

One of the proposals is to have just one motorcycle test. The successive tests for increased engine capacities will be scrapped and replaced with training courses. Riders will simply need to attend a course to be able to upgrade their licence.


More quality-assured training

The DVSA is also considering broadening the range of training that it regards as “quality assured”. Last summer, the Department for Transport and DVSA endorsed its first off-road motorcycle course because of the many benefits (for example riding safely on slippery surfaces and recovery of locked-up wheels) that this type of training offers.

The consultation also considers:

  • Updating the CBT including theory and practical riding
  • Revoking CBT certificates for provisional riders who receive six penalty points
  • Restricting learners to automatics if they take their CBT on one
  • Moving the CBT to a digital-based system from its current paper-based system

Read the full list of proposals here.

Gareth Llewellyn, DVSA Chief Executive, said: “We want to modernise motorcycle training so that novice riders gain the skills and knowledge they need to help them and everyone else stay safe on our roads.”

Add your response to the proposals at until February 17 2017.



What do you think?

In August and October, the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) called for a change in motorcycle licensing and the move triggered a lot of discussion on our Facebook page. While there will be lots of debate about these proposals, many will agree that this is a step in the right direction – no additional tests.

 We’d love to hear what you think about the proposals. Are they what you have been waiting for or not enough? Tell us your thoughts on our Facebook page.