April 19 2007.

Motorcycle rider trainers will get their first opportunity to try out the new bike test for themselves ahead of its introduction in October 2008, as the Motorcycle Rider Trainers Association (MRTA) puts on a special trial event this summer.

Organised in conjunction with the Driving Standards Agency (DSA), the day will enable rider trainers to use an officially laid out test circuit to try out the off-road maneuvers that will be included in the new two-part test:

- slalom
- figure of eight
- slow ride
- swerve and stop
- emergency stop
- wheeling the bike

Mike Owen, head of the MRTA commented: 'The new two-part test is the biggest shake-up of the licensing regime since Direct Access was introduced in 1997, so rider trainers need to familiarise themselves with the new procedures. With the new test coming into effect in October 2008 it will not be long before pre-test training will need to start. If you own or run a training school or are an instructor, this is a great opportunity for you to kick-start your own preparation.'

The test day is taking place as a part of the fourth annual MRTA Event Day. This will be the first Event Day to be open to the public as well as the trade. More than 4,000 people are expected to attend, double that of 2006.

Owen added: 'Come and try the new test for yourself. It's free to attend and there will be the opportunity to talk to training schools from across the UK as well as to ask questions of MRTA staff and DSA officials.'

MRTA / DSA test day
MRTA Event Day
Sunday 1 July 2007
Britannia Stadium
Stanley Matthews Way
10am - 4pm

To register call the MRTA on 020 7307 3597 or email