The National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) has written to Andrew Jones MP, parliamentary undersecretary of state for transport, calling for a reform of the current testing regime for motorcycle riders.
Currently, there are four tests required to ride four different categories of motorcycle which are split into different age categories. This system is at odds with the automotive industry, and clashes with the Government’s objective to increase apprenticeships as this would mean apprentices working on motorbikes would not be able to take the bike for test rides due to the age restrictions imposed.
Stephen Latham, head of the NMDA which represents motorcycle retailers across the UK comments, “The age restrictions are complicated and inconsistent with the simpler licence system for driving cars, where a 17-year-old can learn to drive any car regardless of engine size.
“A streamlining of the system would bring motorcycle testing in line with other vehicle tests and simplify the position for learners, as well as apprentices, who would be able to develop their practical skills alongside their apprenticeship.
“This would enable the new motorcycle apprentice standards to be fulfilled, and also make the system more economically viable for riders, encouraging growth for the industry during a time when ensuring consumer confidence is paramount.
“The NMDA has written the minister to raise our concerns and hope to hear a positive response in due course.”