MCIA backs proposed cut in motorcycle theory test cost
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Tuesday, 22, Apr 2014 03:09

by Tom Walsh

The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) has backed plans to slash the cost of a motorcycle theory test.

Plans are afoot to reduce the cost of the test, which currently is priced at £31, by 25 per cent meaning from October 2014 it will only cost £25 and then dropping further to £23 in the following October.

Karen Cole, safety and training director for the MCIA, backed the plans and explained that it is dedicated to making the test affordable for anyone that wants to learn to ride a motorbike.

“We are keen to see any reduction in the cost of testing, as we would like to see riders who start with a CBT (compulsory basic training) to progress to taking a test, which will expand their riding skills,” Ms Cole added.

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