I think that an important point
is being missed here. Most of you arguing for freedom of choice already have your licences, and may even be experienced bikers. The problem for the test candidates is that they, by definition, are not experienced. (With the exception of those from outside the UK who already have a licence from their own country).
An inexperienced rider is probably the most vulnerable, and possibly the most likeley to crash. We need to encourage more bikers to take to the roads, so losing one to road rash from the outset is counterproductive.
Striking the right balance is important here. Why spend thousands on the latest leather and carbon gear only to find out that you somehow can't pass your test? It happens.
Equally , why risk permanent scarring and possibly being put off biking for life by not wearing some kind of protection for your test?
Read through the article again. It isn't suggesting that anyone turn up in full leathers. I would even suspect that most riders already have some of the gear, as I would expect that their tutors have already ensured or at least advised that they have it prior to the test.
This whole thing is designed to start riders off with the right approach to rider safety. What you choose to wear after you have your licence is up to you, and I would even go so far to say that it is far less draconian than the Health and Safety Act for work gear. Turn up at a building site and refuse to wear a hard hat or safety boots and see how long you last. Where's the outcry about that?
No one likes compulsion, so it is understandable that some might find this advice the thin end of the wedge.
However, if people continue to ignore well meant advice, it could easily turn into a compulsory requirement for ALL of us, not just test candidates. You all know how government works!