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Old 03-12-2015, 07:30 AM   #1
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Only 504 under19s take motorcycle test in 12 months

Shocking new figures after government admission licence rules may be why very few young riders take test

Only 504 under19s take motorcycle test in 12 months



THE number of under-19s to take the motorcycle test a year has plummeted to 504, government figures released today show.

The figure is the total number of 16-18-years-olds to take a Module One test – the first part of the practical riding exam – from April 2013 to March 2014.

In the 12 months before that, the number of 17-18-year-olds alone to take the same test was 6,081, not including 16-year-olds.

The drastic fall in the number of young people taking a motorcycle test follows new licence rules introduced in January 2013, limiting under-19s to 125cc machines even if they pass.

On Wednesday the Department for Transport admitted the rules may be the reason ‘very few’ young riders go on to take a test after Compulsory Basic Training, required to ride on the road as learners.

The DfT made the admission in a consultation paper proposing CBT changes to ensure learners are up to scratch, as transport minister Claire Perry said it was 'shocking’ that 19% of motorcycle casualties involved under-20s.

Before the admission, the Driving Standards Agency had blamed the fall on people rushing to get their test in before the changes, leading to a natural drop in numbers afterwards.

From April 2011 to March 2012, the last full year of data before the rule changes, 4,296 17-18-year-olds took the Module One test.

The total number of people to take the Module One test has also fallen, from 66,050 in April 2012-March 2013 to 46,263 in the following 12 months. From April 2011-March 2012 the number was 59,594, up from 57,711 the year before.
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