Fears expressed over motorcycle testing centres

A motorcycle organisation has expressed fears there will not be enough new examination centres built to deal with a change in motorbike tests.

The Motor Cycle Industry Association (MCIA) said it had seen an email from the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) saying just 38 sites have so far been identified, with the agency needing 60.

In September the full motorcycle licence test will change to incorporate new manoeuvres in accordance with an EU directive.

The MCIA’s Craig Carey-Clinch said: “It is becoming increasingly clear that the promised 60 test sites are unlikely to be delivered by the deadline, with huge gaps in coverage across the country.”

He added the association was worried the problem could add to the extra expense new riders will face.

Learners are expected to have to pay more for tests than before the change, alongside road tax and motorcycle insurance costs.

The association said it would be looking for the DSA to use ‘transitional measures’ to push through the changes when the two meet for talks on June 2nd.

The MCIA represents the supply side of the UK motorcycle industry, with members including wholesalers, manufacturers and importers.ADNFCR-1036-ID-18610860-ADNFCR