§ Mr. Atkins
As part of our measures to improve the safety of young motor cyclists on the road compulsory basic training for all new riders of motor cycles and mopeds will be introduced on 1 December 1990. This will apply throughout Great Britain, except for residents of the smaller off-shore islands. I am grateful for the hard work of all those concerned from the motor cycle industry, user groups and safety organisations who have made it possible for me to set this firm date.
The part I motor cycle test will continue for six months after the introduction of compulsory training. This is to allow those learner riders who already have their licences the choice of taking either the part I test, or a compulsory training course, before applying for the accompanied motor cycle L test.
I have also decided that the proposal to reduce the validity of provisional motor cycle licences from two years to one year will not be proceeded with at this stage. It will be reconsidered in the light of progress with compulsory training.
I am very grateful to all those organisations and individuals who submitted comments on the Department's consultation paper on compulsory training. I will be issuing the Department's response shortly.
I also welcome the initiative of the Motorcycle Industry Association to set up a joint action group, with full 76W participation from the Motorcycle Retailers Association, training organisations, road safety officers, and the Driving Standards Agency. Its aim will be to see that adequate facilities exist and ensure that the introduction of compulsory training takes place throughout Great Britain as smoothly as possible.