**To expand **
on triumphs post regarding the 80,000 less bikers taking the test.
In a way, the "Safety Measures" that the new test goes to to ensure new riders are safe may just be raising the umber of unqualified, and therefore unsafe (in the govs eyes) riders on the roads.
Of the 80,000 that have not bothered, a good portion of them will be running around on L plates with the intention of just repeating thier CBT every two years whereas before they would have put themselves through the training.
I would re-inforce this thought with my own circumstances; this time last month, i could not do any of the slow speed stuff to save me life, i was useless at it full stop.
But after a LOT of strops, tantrums and "F***K this load of b*****ks episodes i magaed to get there in the end and can now do all of them pretty well.
Put that same scenario on another person who happens to like running around on a bike but isnt that bothered about getting another (bigger) bike or doesnt want a full licence then only one outcome is likely - Looking at the training and whats involved and immediately thinking, sod that, i'll stay on the L plates.
So part of the government drive to raise safety standards may actually be lowering them by putting riders off of taking training which in the governments eyes at least will make them safe.
Yet another silly decision my our wise leaders.
Lions led by donkeys.