MOTORCYCLE TEST CHANGES: DELAY UNTIL 2018 POSSIBLE
November 16 2012.


News just released by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) outlines that proposed further changes to the motorcycles that can be used on category A tests from December 2013 could now be delayed until 2018.

In August 2012, DSA advised that planned further changes to the category A test motorcycles would include the following from December 2013;
  • increasing the minimum engine power for category A tests from 40kW to 50kW
  • introducing a minimum mass weight of 180kg for category A
The Department for Transport (DfT), DSA and the motorcycle industry didn't support these changes (proposed by the European Commission) and raised concerns about the impact this would have on the industry.

DfT has now secured a written statement from the Commission saying that these specific rules can be implemented later. This means that they won't now come into effect until 2018.

Key dates
19 January 2013: the EU third directive comes into effect - GOV.UK explains the new rules for mopeds and motorcycles used for the motorcycle practical riding test from 19 January 2013.
31 December 2013: proposal to reduce the minimum power for category A2 motorcycles from 25kW to 20kW.

Anticipated dates
During 2013: the EU introduces a new directive to defer the introduction of a 50kW minimum engine power and 180kg minimum weight limit for category A motorcycles used for test.
2018: planned introduction of 50kW minimum engine power and 180kg minimum weight limit for category A motorcycles used for test.