FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

1. What does the new test consist of?

The new practical motorcycling test will be conducted in two modules. Module 1 must be passed first and consists of a series of specified manoeuvres that will be conducted off road. It will include exercises designed to assess the rider’s ability to control their machine safely, including avoidance and emergency stop exercises. Module 2 consists of the eyesight test, some safety questions and the road riding part of the test. It is similar to the existing motorcycling test and is designed to assess the rider’s ability to safely interact with other road users.

2. Why did DSA decide to adopt a modular test approach?

Following the decision to defer the new motorcycling test for six months, DSA looked at alternative options for delivering the new test and consulted on a proposed modular approach

Such an approach would enable us to offer a greater number of locations from which to deliver the new test and would allow a step by step, considered approach to learning to ride. The vast majority of those who responded to the consultation favored this approach and so it was adopted.

3. Why are special off-road areas required?

The EU Directive requires that more demanding special manoeuvres must be included in every practical motorcycling test. Following an earlier public consultation it was decided that these should be conducted on specially provided off-road areas for candidate safety reasons and to ensure that tests are undertaken in uniform conditions throughout the country.

4. How long will the new test last?

Module 1 will last approximately 22 minutes.

Module 2 will last approximately 57 minutes – and will include at least 30 minutes of road riding.

5. What will Module 1 involve?

Module 1 will include at least two manoeuvres to be carried out at slow speed and includes a slalom, at least two manoeuvres to be carried out at higher speed, of which one manoeuvre should be in second or third gear at a speed of at least 30 km/h (18.75 mph), one manoeuvre avoiding an obstacle at a minimum speed of 50 km/h (31.25 mph) and at least two braking exercises, including an emergency stop at a minimum speed of 50 km/h (31.25 mph).

6. When will the new practical motorcycling tests start?

The new test starts on 27 April 2009

7. How much will the new test cost?

Module 1:
Standard Weekday £15.50
Standard out of hours £10

Module 2
Standard Weekday £75
Standard out of hours £82 

Extended weekday £140
Extended out of hours £164

8. Why is one module more expensive than the other?

The fee reflects DSAs costs to deliver the tests e.g. the time spent on test, examiner utilisation and related overheads.

• Module 1 will take 22 minutes
• Module 2 will take 57 minutes

9. What happens if I fail Module 1?

Both modules must be passed before the candidate’s theory test certificate expires.

Candidates must pass Module 1 before taking Module 2. If they fail candidates must wait three clear working days before retaking their Module 1. Candidates must present their Module 1 pass certificate when attending their Module 2.

10. What is the validity of the Module 1 pass certificate?

It is valid until the expiry date of the candidate’s theory test certificate. 

11. How long must I wait if I fail Module 2 before I am able to take again?

10 clear working days, the same as the current practical test.

12. Can I take either module at a location of my choice?

Yes. Details of locations are on the DSA website under “New Motorcycle Test”.

13. Will I be able to take my test in the evening or at a weekend?

Yes, where suitable appointments are available. At some locations ‘out of hours’ testing is limited or not available because of local planning restrictions.

14. Can I take module 1 of the test on the same day as module 2?

Yes, but this is depending on availability of test slots and if you fail Module 1 you face a three day wait and would therefore forfeit your fee for Module 2.

15. Can I book Module 2 without having taken/passed Module 1?

Yes, but you cannot take Module 2 without first passing Module 1.

16. What are the specified manoeuvres?

The EU directive requires that more demanding special manoeuvres must be included in every practical motorcycling test. These include at least two manoeuvres to be carried out at slow speed and includes a slalom, at least two manoeuvres to be carried out at higher speed, of which one manoeuvre should be in second or third gear at a speed of at least 30 km/h (18.6 mph), one manoeuvre avoiding an obstacle at a minimum speed of 50 km/h (31.1 mph) and at least two braking exercises, including an emergency stop at a minimum speed of 50 km/h (31.1 mph).

17. How will you measure my speed?

The examiner will use highly accurate speed measuring equipment from Belgian company, L.E.T. Automotive NV. This will consist of an LCD display and Bluetooth remote controller.

18. What will happen if I fail to reach the required speed?

You will be allowed one more attempt at the manoeuvre.

19. How wide is the U-Turn?

7.5metres.

20. Where will the ‘Show Me, Tell Me’ safety questions be as part of the new test?

In Module 2, after the eyesight test and before the road riding.

21. What other exercises/manoeuvres will I have to do on the road?

Normal stops, hill start, angle start and general road riding.

   
 
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