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Steve Farrell  says:

£77 million of bike test centres scrapped

A controversial off-road part of the motorcycle test is to be scrapped under Government proposals announced this morning. From the end of next year, learners will have to take just one practical test instead of two, according to Road Safety Minister Mike Penning.  It will be conducted entirely on-road and offered at a greater number of sites across the country...

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Dec 09

Posts: 3

norskman says:

What a waste!

I did pass my test at the new centre, so feel well placed to comment.

Divide £77 million by the number of tests taken and that will give you the cost per test to the tax payer!

What could we have spent £77 million on? Best 3 answers should get a free annual sub. to  MCN ( if the PO delivers it in this weather).




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Oct 09

Posts: 103

BarbaricCub says:

Good Stuff

Should help to get the numbers up again :)

And take some of the cost of the test down too

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May 06

Posts: 92

rmbridge says:


So after all that money wasted we're going back to Plan A then?  Its no wonder this country is broke.

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Aug 02

Posts: 441

snave says:

Great News!

Now all we need to do is sack each and every one of the incompetent `two-faces` that implemented the faulty legislation that caused the country so much unnecessary expense in the first place? Such incompetence cannot be allowed to go `unrewarded`. Bye Bye Driving Standards Agency. They were TOLD time and time again this would not work. But they did it anyway. Time to pay...

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Jan 08

Posts: 15

headoned says:

What a waste

How bloomin stupid! after all that money and all the new test centres they are just scrapping the MOD 1? I mean what was the point!

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Apr 08

Posts: 3042

AdieR says:

About time too

New test was nothing but a fiasco introducred by the Blair and Brown governments, both of them far too cosied up to the EU. Thank f*** this gov't are actually doing something about it.

A complete waste of £77m, which we won't see back though.

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Jul 08

Posts: 190

zephyrdave says:


Apparently most of the crashes that occur on the new test do so on the swerve and brake or on the emergency stop. At the moment those crashes happen in a test centre where there's not much to hit. When a candidate crashes doing these on the road there will be lamp posts, kerb stones and oncoming traffic to deal with...

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Mar 10

Posts: 1040

bmwgs says:


well about time they got rid of the swerve and stop part. and now they are doing the test on the road you will get better pratice riding in  traffic

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May 09

Posts: 17

josh3446 says:

The Problem...

...wasn't the content of the tests (which were safe if taught properly), it was the cost of training for and taking two separate tests, and traveling to Test Centers miles from where you're based. I had a 160 mile round trip for a 9 minute Mod 1 test!

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Dec 10

Posts: 5

Vallone75 says:

Was it so bad?

I completed the test 2 weeks ago and quite liked that they had split the manouveres from the road test. I would have hated to have had a cracking road ride and then screwed up on the U-Turn. I also think the swerve was a good way of ensuring riders had good control. I thought it was European Law that enforced it hence the 50 KM an hour... oh well politicians, are you surprised?

I think  2 test's makes you consider what your being taught for  a longer period of time, which cant be a bad thing.

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