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NMDA highlights potential market growth as motorcycle theory tests increase

NMDA 18/12/2020

The latest figures by the Department for Transport (DfT) and DVSA highlighted an increase in Power-Two-Wheelers (PTWs) theory tests which could lead to high demand for practical tests and strong motorcycle sales in 2021.


Official statistics released by the DfT and DVSA showed a year-on-year an increase in motorcycle theory tests of 38.6% compared to the same period in 2019*. A total of 28,595 tests were conducted in Great Britain with a pass rate of 76%, up almost 5% year on year


By contrast, there was a decline in PTWs practical tests between July and September 2019/20. Module 1 tests were 22.3% lower, while Module 2 tests reduced by 31.7% over the same period. The statistics cover the challenging period after the first lockdown, where there was economic uncertainty for many consumers.


Unfortunately, with lockdown 2.0, training and practical testing had to stop again.


Paddy O’Connell, Head of the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA), said: “The statistics do send a message of good news for our members, indicating a potential growth in the market as we look forward to 2021.


“It is interesting to see that the pass rate for Module 1 and 2 tests increased by 4.9% and 4.7% respectively. This could be an indication of car drivers, with existing road awareness, turning to PTWs to remain ‘Covid safe’ on their commutes.


“NMDA also continues to promote our ‘Covid Safe To Ride’ campaign to encourage the use of motorcycles as an ideal alternative to public transport”.

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The Retail Motor Industry represents the interests of operators in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man providing sales and services to motorists and businesses. The RMI has a formal association with the independent Scottish Motor Trade Association which represents the retail motor industry in Scotland.