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Preparatory On Road Training Course
When you have satisfactorily completed you CBT (Compulsory Basic Training) you will be allowed to ride on public roads for up to two years, with L plates, where you'll gain the experience needed to pass your practical motorcycle test. To give yourself the best chance of passing you can take this further course designed to help get you through the test.

2009 motorcycle test

The practical motorcycle test
The new motorcycle test went live on Monday 27 April 2009. It aims to improve the standard of road safety for motorcycle and moped riders. This user group has been identified as having a high risk of injury or death, this is particularly the case for young and inexperienced riders.

Reporting for your practical test
You must bring the following items with you to both module 1 and module 2 of your test. If you do not, the Driving Standards Agency may refuse to carry out the test and you may lose your fee.

  1. provisional licence and paper counterpart
  2. valid DL196 (CBT certificate)
  3. valid theory test certificate
  4. valid module 1 test pass certificate when presenting for module 2 only

What will the test include?
The new test will be completed in two modules. The specified manoeuvres conducted at specific speeds will be tested in module 1 on safe off-road sites.

These specified manoeuvres are:

  1. at least two manoeuvres carried out at slow speed, including a slalom
  2. at least two manoeuvres carried out at higher speed, of which one exercise should be in second gear, at a speed of at least 30 km/h (approx. 19 mph) and one exercise avoiding an obstacle at a minimum speed of 50 km/h (approx. 32 mph)
  3. at least two braking manoeuvres, including an emergency brake at a minimum speed of 50 km/h (approx. 32 mph)

On the day of your module 1 test, you will be asked by the examiner to demonstrate your riding ability on either the left-hand or right-hand circuit. The standard off-road layout may change because of local conditions on the casual sites.

If you demonstrate riding skills of a dangerously incompetent level during module 1, you will not be allowed to take module 2.

If you pass module 1 you will receive a test pass certificate which you must bring with you when you take module 2.

Module 2 of the test is made up of the eyesight test, road safety questions and at least 30 minutes of road riding. Road riding will cover a variety of road and traffic conditions and will also include normal stops, hill and angle starts. 

Accelerated Access Scheme
If you have already obtained a full standard category A licence and you reach the age of 21 before the two year qualifying period is complete you may opt to take a further test on a motorcycle with a power output of at least 35kW (46.6bhp) to gain immediate access to all motorcycles. This is called Accelerated Access. You can practice for this test on motorcycles above 25kW only if you are accompanied by a certified motorcycle instructor on another motorcycle and you are displaying `L' plates. You do not need to complete CBT again, or pass another theory test.

Direct Access Scheme
Again for riders over 21, but with this scheme you need take (and pass) only ONE test to give you direct access to any size of motorcycle. This test must also be taken on a motorcycle with a power output of at least 35kW ( 46.6 bhp ). Before taking the DAS course you will still have to satisfactorily complete CBT and also pass the Theory Test even if you have a full car licence.

Training for Direct Access or Accelerated Access
So that learners aged 21 or over may practice for the large motorcycle test they may ride, on public roads, a motorcycle that exceeds the UK learner specification, but only under the supervision of a certified Direct Access instructor. When learning on a large motorcycle the usual learner restrictions will apply (`L' plates, no pillion passengers and motorway prohibition).

Phone number for theory test 0300 200 1122

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