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Theory Test Now Needed For Motorcycle CBT

Islanders will now have to take a formal theory test and hazard perception test before being allowed to complete a motorcycle Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) course.

The change follows concerns from those delivering motorcycle training in Guernsey.

The tests are currently undertaken through Driver & Vehicle Licensing at Edward T Wheadon House.

Traffic & Highway Services' Lead Officer Colin Le Page hopes this new measure will improve road safety.

"Improving road safety for all road users, particularly those who are vulnerable, is one of Traffic & Highway Services' key priorities.

This change is about equipping people with the right knowledge and information before they can take to the road to make sure that we can keep one another safe on our roads.

If you're coming up to the age where you'll soon be learning to ride, or if you know someone who is, please make sure you understand what steps you'll need to take and in what order to avoid disappointment."

Those who learn to ride motorcycles do not have co-drivers, and most are young and don't have the same level of road safety awareness as other provisional licence holders.

Martin Proudlove from the Guernsey Motorcycle Training Scheme (GMTS) says that learning to ride a motorcycle is only part of being safe on the roads.

"GMTS are fully supportive of the new initiative requiring CBT candidates to take and pass the theory test and hazard perception test.

The theory test is just one part of the process of learning to ride. You need to learn the facts, but it is important to understand how they relate to real riding.

The combination of knowing rider theory and having good practical riding skills will not only help you pass your test, it will also make you a safer rider for life."

The change does not apply to anyone who has passed a full CBT course within the last five years or a motorcycle test which includes the hazard perception element.

The new requirements could be extended to other vehicles in the future.

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