Frequently Asked Questions


Q. Why is there a NEW motorcycle test?

The new practical motorcycle test has been introduced to comply with European legislation, which aims to improve the standard of road safety for motorcycle & moped riders. This user group have been identified as having a high risk of injury or death. This is particularly the case for young & inexperienced riders.

Q. What does the new test consist of?

The new test consists of a series of off road manoeuvres followed by the on road riding part of the test which is similar to the existing motorcycle test.

Q. Why are special off road areas required?

The EU directive requires that more demanding special manoeuvres must be included in every practical motorcycling test. These are being conducted on specially provided off road areas for candidate safety reasons & to ensure that tests are undertaken in standard uniform conditions throughout the country.

Q. How long will the test last?

The off road manoeuvres will take approximately 8-12 minutes & the on road part of the test will be the same length as the existing test.

Q. What are the off road 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 & 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) & at least two braking exercises, including an emergency stop at a minimum speed of 50 km/h (31.1 mph).

Q. What happens if I fail the off road (module 1) part of the test?

If you do fail you can apply to retake the module 1 test after 3 clear working days.

Q. How will you measure my speed?

The examiner will use highly accurate speed measuring equipment. We use similar equipment during yout training so you'll know exactly what to expect.

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

You will be allowed one more attempt at the manoeuvre.

Q. Can I fail on the off road part of the test for lack of observation?

Yes. All manoeuvres will be assessed as if you were manoeuvring in traffic.

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

Yes, where suitable appointments are available. At some Test Centres ‘out of hours’ testing may be limited or not available due to local planning restrictions.

Q. When did the new motorcycle test start?

27 April 2009.

Q. Where will the ‘show & tell’ questions be as part of the new test?

After the eyesight test & before the module 2 on road riding test.

Q. What other exercises/Manoeuvres will I have to do on the road?

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

Q. How long will I have to wait to retake the (module 2) on road test if I fail?

10 working days, the same as the ‘old’ test.

Q. Do I have to take both the off road & on road part of the test together?

No, each test can be taken separately, but must be within 2 years of each other.

Q. If I fail the off road part of the test can I still take the on road test?

Unfortunately not. You must have passed the off road test before being allowed to take the on road test.

Q. At what stage must I have completed my motorcycle theory test?

Your theory test must be completed before you can take the module 1 test, however the theory test is not required for Compulsory Basic Training (CBT).

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