§ Mr. David Steel
asked the Secretary of State for Transport which of the recommendations set out in the report of the advisory committee on motor cycle rider training (October 1979) have been implemented; and what 164W is the Government's attitude towards those recommendations which have not been acted upon, particularly in relation to the one year ban which can be imposed on learner motor cyclists who fail to pass their Part II test.
§ Mr. Tom King
We have implemented those recommendations which called for the introduction of a two-part motor cycle test and a reduction in the maximum size of learner machine. We have said that we will seek to improve incentives for 16-year-old moped riders to take training.
I have no plans at present to implement the advisory committee's recommendation in respect of compulsory training.
The limit on provisional licences was not recommended by the committee. It became clear during our subsequent consultations that such a measure was essential if learner riders were to be given sufficient incentive to take training and pass their test within a reasonable period.