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Date Posted: 05:31:27 09/26/07 Wed
The new, more stringent motorcycle practical test is to be introduced to Northern Ireland some six months ahead of the rest of the UK. The new test, which includes off-road manoeuvres (off-road as the minimum acceptable speed is in excess of 30mph so illegal on suburban roads), is planed for April 2008.
Skills to be tested include:
• At least two manoeuvres being carried out at slow speed, including a slalom;
• At least two manoeuvres being carried out at higher speed, of which one manoeuvre should be in second or third gear, at a speed of at least 30 km/h (18.6 mph);
• One manoeuvre avoiding an obstacle at a minimum speed of 50 km/h (31.1 mph);
• At least two braking exercises, including an emergency brake at a minimum speed of 50 km/h (31.1 mph).
The Irish Assembly to bring forward proposals to introduce compulsory basic training (CBT), over concerns about accident rates.
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