The new test would be a modular exam, with separate on-road and off-road parts. The intention is to raise motorcycling standards, but does mean the riding test would now take two parts.
Martin Marshall, RMI motorcycle chairman, said: ‘We are encouraging every organisation in the industry to respond to the consultation, to ensure the right outcome is delivered.
‘The options for the industry, should modular testing not be adopted, are extremely limited and are almost certain to have a very negative impact on the market.’
Motorcycle dealers have generally welcomed the proposals, says the RMI, but in order to make progress with the new test, and avoid further confusion and paralysis of the system, the industry is asking for support.
MCI chief executive Steve Kenward said: ‘There are enough business pressures as it is, so we will be encouraging all our members, from manufacturers through to accessory suppliers, to respond positively both individually and collectively, via their representative bodies.’
Meanwhile, industry analysts report the motorcycle industry is withstanding recessionary pressures well. Interest in new riders is increasing, too, bringing on board a new stream of customers.
The motorcycling world says access to motorcycling must not be restricted, if it is to remain an economical and affordable mode of transport.
Full details of the DSA proposals can be found here.