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Record-breaking test numbers

A record-breaking number of motorcycle tests were taken at UK test centres between 2021 and 2022, according to the most recent Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) figures.

A total of 67,511 took the Module 2 motorcycle test between April 2021 and March 2022, which the British Motorcyclists Federation (BMF) reports is an increase of more than 2000 over the previous record, which was set ten years ago.

Of the 67,511 tests taken, 48,583 were passed, meaning a success rate of 72%. In comparison, fewer than 50% of those who took practical car driving tests passed.

As the BMF says, this record-breaking period for motorcycle tests is partly down to testing centres having to get through the backlogs created during Covid lockdowns, when test centres were open only to essential workers.

Increasing Minority
The DVSA data also shows that women are still a minority within the motorcycling community, with the test statistics split between genders.

Men took 60,745 Module 1 tests between April 2021 and March 2022, and 76.4% passed. However, just 6600 women took a Module 1 test, with a lower 57.1% pass rate. For Module 2, the split was 62,364 tests with 44,929 passes (a 72% success rate) for the men, and 5133 tests with 3643 passes (a 71% success rate) for women.

This means that women make up 9.8% of those who took a Module 1 test and 7.6% of the people who took a Module 2 test.

β€œIt’s great news, the increase in female riders particularly. It may not sound like much, but compared to a couple of decades ago, it looks like real progress. Anything which breaks down barriers is a good thing,” said BMF chair Jim Freeman.

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