Learner riders in the Shetlands will now be able to take both parts of the motorcycle test without leaving the islands.
Since the introduction of the 2 part motorcycle test in 2009, candidates had to travel to the mainland to take the off-road, module 1 part of the test. But from this week the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) will be conducting module one tests at Anderson High School in Lerwick.
Road Safety Minister Mike Penning said:
Our aim is to provide a local service that is both convenient for candidates and cost effective.
We want to offer people the best service possible wherever they live so I am delighted that riders in the Shetlands will soon be able to take their whole motorbike test without needing to travel to the mainland.
The move is part of an initiative to make module 1 tests available more locally by using non-DSA sites on a part-time, casual-hire basis.
At present the majority of module 1 tests are conducted from purpose-built off-road test centres. However, in rural or remote areas where candidates have to travel a long distance to take the module 1 test, DSA is working with motorcycle trainers to identify suitable local sites where tests can be delivered, such as car parks and motorcycle trainers’ sites.
The first module 1 tests at Anderson High School are taking place this week, and tests will subsequently be provided on an ad hoc basis depending on local demand.