MOTORCYCLE PRACTICLE TEST EXPLAINED
Don't forget you will need a valid Motorcycle theory test and CBT before you can take a practical test.
The test is in two parts , module one and module two. They can be taken separately or together but one must be passed before taking two. Module one is valid until your theory test expires. If you dont pass module one there is a 3 clear day wait before re-taking. For module two there is a ten clear day wait for retest. The cost of module one is £15.50. Module two is £75.
Module one consists of about 15 minutes of exercises carried out at the DSA's Multi purpose Test Centre on their maneouvering area, including a U turn , Slalom, Fig 8 and swerve and brake tests. Once completed you are eligible for your part two, which is detailed below. Essentially the motorcycle test now consists of CBT , theory test and a two part practical test. Part one is conducted one to one with the examiner on what DSA call a motorcycle maneouvring area, which is a large expanse of nice grippy tarmac behind a fence. On this area are the various exercises shown on the diagram. You will carry them out one at a time and they will be explained to you fully before you move off. Please make sure you treat it as if you are on the road because they WILL be watching to see that you do the correct observations etc before moving off.
Obviously this needs a fair amount of space. The DSA opened new test centres to do this, that will have the required amount of space. We already have it.
Module 2 is about a 40 minute road ride. You will not have to do any further exercises on the road.
The two parts can be taken seperately or together depending on choice and availability.
Below is a link to the DSA web site. The diagram is the layout for the maneouvres you will have to complete. We have this on our site and can practice all the exercises fully, including a speed gun so you will KNOW you are reaching the standard before you ever go to test.
The practical motorcycle test is made up of lots of different elements, an eyesight test, vehicle safety questions, a test of driving ability, a test of specific manoeuvres and a question about riding with a passenger.
At the test centre you must present a valid certificate DL196 unless the test is being conducted on one of the exempted islands, your UK driving licence, theory pass and mod one pass when taking mod 2.
Vehicle safety check questions and eyesight test
Before you actually start your practical riding test you will be asked to read a number plate to prove you can meet the eyesight requirements. You will also be asked two machine safety check questions and one pillion related question before moving away.
To see a list of all the possible combinations of questions you can be asked by the examiner, see below.
SAFETY CHECK QUESTIONS FOR MOTORCYCLE TESTS
Category A Safety Questions 01/07/2008
Question Topic / Show and Tell
A1 Oil Tell
A2 Horn Show
A3 Brake Fluid Tell
A4 Lights Tell
A5 Brake light Show
A6 Chain Tell
A7 Steering Show
A8 Tyres Tell
A9 Front brake Show
A10 Brakes Show
A11 Emergency cut out Show
A12 Rear fog light Show
A13 Headlight Show
The law requires anyone riding a motorcycle, scooter or moped, with or without sidecar, to wear protective headgear securely fastened. The test cannot therefore be conducted unless the candidate is wearing properly secured protective headgear.
An exemption to this requirement exists for followers of the Sikh religion if they are wearing a turban.
After the practical part of the test the candidate will be asked a question on ''balance when carrying a passenger''.
|What must your bike have to allow you to take a passenger?||
|What would you tell an inexperienced person who was going to be your pillion passenger?||
Before carrying a pillion passenger, what would you consider adjusting on your bike?
|How would the handling of a bike be affected by carrying a passenger?||
At the end of the test
When the practical test is over, the examiner will tell you whether you passed or failed. You can request feedback on your test from the examiner, who will then go through your performance during the test.
If you pass...
If you pass and have a photocard driving licence issued after 1 March, 2004 the examiner will ask you if you want your full driving licence issued to you automatically. If you want to use this service, the examiner will take your old licence off you, scan the details and send them electronically to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). You will then be given a pass certificate to prove you passed your test. DVLA will then send you your new full licence by post within three weeks of you passing your practical test.
If you pass your test but do not want to use this automatic service, or have a licence issued before 1 March 2004, you will be given a pass certificate by the examiner. On the back of the pass certificate it tells you what you need to do next. This involves sending your licence to DVLA who will then check your application and issue you with a new full licence.
If you fail...
If you fail the test you should ask the examiner for some feedback to help prepare yourself for your next test. Your driving report form will also show you where you made any mistakes.
You must wait 10 clear working days after your practical part two test before you can book another one.
Minimum test vehicle requirements
Any vehicle presented for use in a driving test must meet minimum test vehicle standards. These standards are part of European Community legislation on driver licensing. Great Britain as a member of the European Union is obliged to comply with these requirements. Below are the minimum test vehicle requirements for mopeds and motorcycles.
Minimum test vehicle requirements for mopeds
A moped must have an engine capacity not exceeding 50 cc, and a maximum speed of 50 kilometres per hour (km/h) which is approximately equivalent to 31 miles per hour (mph). If first used before 1 August 1977, it must be equipped with pedals by which it can be propelled.
If you pass your practical test on a motorcycle with automatic or semi-automatic transmission, it will be recorded on your pass certificate and your licence. Your full licence entitlement will be restricted to automatic motorcycles.
Motorcycle and side-car
Only candidates with certain disabilities can use a motorcycle and side-car combination for the test. The minimum test vehicle requirements for a motorcycle and side-car are the same as the solo machines, but categories A and A1 must not exceed a power to weight ratio of 0.16 kW/kg. Passengers are not allowed to ride in the sidecar during the test. The licence obtained as a result of this test will be restricted to this combination of vehicle.
DSA reminds motorcycle test candidates to wear appropriate clothing
DSA is reminding learner motorcyclists to wear suitable clothing when they take their module one and two motorcycle tests.
While most motorcycle trainers encourage their pupils to wear the best protective motorcycle gear that they can afford, some candidates aren’t following this advice.
DSA doesn’t want to restrict candidates to wearing the most expensive protective motorcycle clothing. However, DSA’s examiners won’t ignore or condone riding a motorcycle or scooter while wearing unsuitable clothing.
Tests won’t go ahead if you are inappropriately dressed
From 1 July, examiners might tell you that your test won’t go ahead if you arrive inappropriately dressed. However, where possible, examiners will give you the chance to find suitable clothing within the time available.
DSA won’t pay out-of-pocket expenses if your test is cancelled because of inappropriate clothing.
Guide to suitable clothing
As a general guide the following is an indication of the minimum level of clothing acceptable:
The following are examples of clothing that are not acceptable:
In all cases it’s a legal requirement that riders wear an approved and correctly fastened motorcycle helmet,* with suitable eye protection (*an exception is made for members of the Sikh religion wearing a turban).
Cases of inappropriate clothing
Recently there have been cases where candidates have arrived unsuitably dressed for the practical test. This has included wearing lightweight nylon shell suits, lightweight canvas training shoes, or wearing no gloves.
This could result in the test not going ahead