A Motorcycle Safety and Transport Policy Framework
There is a need to train people to use the road, not just to use a specific mode of transport. A holistic approach needs to be employed. This will have a cross modal benefit in terms of creating a new generation who are fit to use the road whichever mode of transport they choose to use. Regardless of the mode a person chooses to use, they need to understand the Highway Code.
This will allow road users to become more aware of the road environment overall and will encourage drivers and riders to consider and understand the actions of other vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.
There are a large number of contributory factors listed in the Reported Road Casualties Great Britain 2015 tables. Many of these are elements of the Highway Code and are therefore included in the theory tests such as; incorrect use of headlights and disobeying road signs.
We feel that one test which focuses on the theory of road use would help to raise levels of cooperation and consideration amongst the many and diverse road users, from child pedestrians to the elderly using mobility scooters, and in turn instil better attitudes and safer road use for all.
It will be essential to access the current question bank for all modes to identify questions that are clearly related to the theory of road use as opposed to the various modes. A panel of experts will be needed to ensure that the questions are wide ranging and encompass the vulnerabilities of all modes.
Candidates should be able to identify issues and potential of conflicts between HGV, cycle, pedestrian and motorcyclist.
- Seek access to the question bank of all modes theory tests
- Meet with the DVSA to discuss the financial implications of just one test
- Meet DVSA and DfT to seek support for a single theory based test
- Identify and meet with a panel of experts to propose the questions for an amended single test
UPDATE – Action 2 – Change the Theory Test to Create One Generic MultiMode Test as Opposed to Mode Specific Tests
There is currently no progress regarding this action.