July 21st, 2020.

The Motorcycle Industry Association’s (MCIA) Director of Safety and Training, Karen Cole, maintains regular contact with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). As a result, she is well placed to be advised of latest developments.

Here, she outlines the current situation regarding testing availability;

“The MCIA understands that the currently reduced level of PTW test availability is causing frustration for trainers and students alike.

However, given the present limitations, it is probably unrealistic to expect that test numbers would quickly be back to pre-lockdown levels. We are advised by DVSA that Module 1 capacity stands at ten tests a day per examiner, down from twelve, and Module 2 capacity has been reduced to five tests from seven. Furthermore, some examiners are unable to work, as they are considered high risk or are shielding dependants, so many test centres are experiencing reduced staff levels.

In addition, the ATB test booking system was shut down for the first-time during lockdown and some unexpected issues have arisen when it was restarted.

MCIA is in regular contact with DVSA about this and they are doing what they can to restore test throughput, within the current restrictions and are confident that the situation will steadily improve.”

For more about the MCIA and its membership benefits, visit www.mcia.co.uk
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