The test will be completed in two modules. The specified manoeuvres conducted at specific speeds will be tested in Module 1 on safe off-road sites and take on average 22 minutes.
These specified manoeuvres are:
- At least two manoeuvres carried out at slow speed, including a slalom
- At least two manoeuvres carried out at higher speed, of which one exercise should be in second or third gear, at a speed of at least 30 km/h (approx. 19 mph) and one exercise avoiding an obstacle at a minimum speed of 50 km/h (approx. 32 mph)
- At least two braking manoeuvres, including an emergency brake at a minimum speed of 50 km/h (approx. 32 mph)
On the day of the Module 1 test, candidates will be asked by the examiner to demonstrate their riding ability on either the left-hand or right-hand circuit. Please note that the standard off-road layout may change due to local conditions on the casual sites.
Those candidates who have demonstrated riding skills of a dangerously incompetent level during Module 1 will not be permitted to take Module 2.
Those candidates who have passed Module 1 will receive a Test Pass Certificate which they must bring with them when they take Module 2.
Module 2 of the test will be about 57 minutes in length and will consist of the eyesight test, road safety questions and at least 30 minutes of road riding. consisting of a road ride covering a variety of road and traffic conditions and will also include normal stops, hill and angle starts.
The practical moped riding test
The practical moped riding test (which does not include the high-speed requirements) will also be carried out in two modules. The obstacle avoidance and emergency braking exercises will be carried out in Module 1 at 30 km/h (approx. 19 mph). A test for the drivers of motorcycle and side car combination is also under development.
Before you can start training properly, you need to have the right licence, otherwise you can't take to the road, even under instruction. If you have a full car licence, that will automatically entitle you to ride a learner bike (up to 125cc, 14.6bhp) with L-plates, and no pillion passenger.
|The Highway Code is essential reading for everyone.
||The theory test consists of 35 multiple choice questions selected from a list of 300 or so.|
Many of the rules in the Code are legal requirements. Knowing & applying the rules could significantly reduce road accident casualties.
|Most bookshops & libraries stock books that give you sample questions and answers which will help you prepare for the real test.|
If you don't have a car licence at all, then you'll need to apply for a provisional motorcycle or moped licence. However, provisional motorcycle licences only last for two years and if you don't pass your test in that time, your licence expires and you'll have to apply for it again (you'll still be able to ride a moped though). So it makes sense to apply for your licence only when you're sure you're ready to start training. Provisional moped licences aren't affected by the two year rule.