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Standard Procedure for Conducting Driving Tests

Additional Procedures for Categories A, A1, M

Categories A, A1, M

Note: See Office Notice 3/2001.

Motorcycles are not required to be fitted with indicators, brake light, or mirror(s).

Proceed as for other categories except for:

(a) Oral Test

A question on 'Safety glance' Road position and on 'Skidding' should be asked during the oral test in addition to the normal topics.

(b) Hand-Signals

Demonstration of hand signals should be done at the desk immediately following the oral test. Any such hand signal faults should be recorded opposite 'Hand Signals' on the Report Sheet.

(c) Radio Equipment

The tester should ensure that the batteries are charged, and that the candidate's receiver is marked, in order to distinguish it from the tester's transmitter unit. The candidate's ear-piece should be cleaned with a hygienic wipe, and the candidate should be offered an additional opportunity to wipe the ear-piece.

Applicants with spectacles should be offered a choice of ear-piece. Have the candidate fit the equipment, - belt, receiver, ear-piece, - and ensure that the receiver is switched 'on', before carrying out a reception check. An additional reception check may be required where the candidate adjusts the helmet. Testers should preface each direction to the candidate with the word "Now", in order to operate the voice-activated system. The volume control should be adjusted to suit the requirements of the candidate, and the candidate should then be told not to make any other adjustments to the controls.

Where a unit is generating static, it should be switched off momentarily, and switched on again. Candidates should be advised that in the event of a suspected radio malfunction, they should pull in at a safe place, and wait for the tester to arrive. Testers should ensure that the equipment is returned intact by the candidate at the end of the practical test. In the event of equipment failure, the test is to be abandoned and the applicant told that another appointment will be arranged as soon as possible. A non conducted report sheet should be issued, indicating that another appointment will be rearranged without charge.

(d) Protective Outfit

The applicant should be asked to confirm that the protective outfit - the gloves, boots, clothes, and helmet - are properly adjusted.

(e) Administrative Checks

At the machine, check (i) the transmission - automatic or manual (ii) the c.c., (with the applicant, if necessary) (iii) record the registration number on the report sheet (iv) the brake-light and indicators, if fitted. Do not ask any question relating to K.W., or power/weight ratio. See Office Notice No. DT 2/2003 relating to amended facing sheet. (f)

(f) Technical Checks

The applicant should be asked to explain how he/she would perform a check on 3 of the following, selected at random by the tester (a) the tyres (b) the brakes, (c) the steering (d) the lights (e) the reflectors (f) the indicators, if fitted, (g) the horn (h) the chain (i) the oil level or (j) the emergency stop switch, if fitted.

(g) Off/On Stand

The applicant should be asked to put the machine off, and back on its stand. The use of a side-stand is acceptable in this case. If the machine is not fitted with a stand, the test cannot be conducted.

(h) Walk Alongside

The applicant should be asked to move the machine on reasonably level ground by walking alongside it for a distance of 4 metres, without the aid of the engine. The machine may be moved forward or backward, at the discretion of the applicant.

(i) Brake-light, Indicators

Where a brake-light and indicators are fitted and are working effectively, proceed with the test, as they are acceptable for test purposes. In this case, the use of hand-signals, in addition to the indicators, would only be required in exceptional circumstances. Where they are not fitted, or are not working effectively, tell the applicant that you are not satisfied with the condition of, e.g. the left indicator, right indicator, or brake-light as the case may be, and that he/she is therefore required to use the appropriate hand-signal/s throughout the test. Where a fault develops during the test, the applicant should be stopped and told of the fault, and told that the appropriate handsignal/ s are required to be used for the remainder of the test. All such signal faults should be recorded in the appropriate column on the Report Sheet.

(j) Mirrors

Effective use of rear-view mirrors is acceptable for test purposes. However, applicants should in general also look around - safety-glance - before (a) moving off from the kerb (b) commencing the 'U-turn' (c) turning right/left from a busy or major road, or in other similar circumstances where it is deemed by the tester to be necessary. Where mirrors are not fitted or are not effective, the applicant is required to look around as appropriate throughout the test. The applicant must not be advised of the requirement to look around.

(k) Preamble

The tester should tell the applicant -
"Now you should ride in your normal manner, and I may be behind you in my car. I will give you directions in good time when to turn left, right, or to pull in and stop. Otherwise, you should follow the course of the road. If you are unsure of any of my directions, or require clarification, pull in at a safe place, and wait until I come along." The applicant should be asked to acknowledge that the preamble requirements are understood, with a nod, or a 'thumbs-up' sign.

(l) 'U-turn'

The practical test must include a 'U-turn'. The tester should tell the applicant: "When it is safe and convenient, I would like you to ride your bike around in a U-Turn on the road, and pull in and stop on the left." Where a machine is incapable of completing the 'U-turn' due to a fairing, or on a narrow road, discretion should be allowed, including the use of a reverse gear, if fitted.

(m) Slow Drive

The practical test must include driving for 50 metres at a brisk walking pace. The tester should tell the applicant - "I would like you to ride your bike as in slow moving traffic. Try to keep pace with me as I walk along."


  1. An Insurance Disc and 'L' plates are not required to be displayed on motorcycles.
  2. Applicants are required to wear a safety helmet throughout the test.
  3. When following an applicant in a car, the tester should keep a reasonable distance behind the applicant.