Motorcycles: Licensing

Transport written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of Bill Wiggin Bill Wiggin Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many instructors have been trained to oversee tests under the second European driving licence directive for motorcycles; how many will be required to implement the tests; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Jim Fitzpatrick Jim Fitzpatrick Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Driving examiners, not instructors, will conduct the motorcycling tests under the second European driving licence directive.

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) has trained 95 examiners to conduct the new practical test and a further 16 are to undergo training before the end of April 2008.

To meet the demand for tests in a full year the Agency estimates that it needs to have the full time equivalent of 75 examiners.

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