New Testing Requirements for Motorcyclists Start Next Week

Apr 24, 2012

A new rider skills test will soon be required for those applying for motorcycle operator’s licenses in Kentucky. The  new test was developed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.


State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer says the new testing requirements come at a very important time, because there has been an increase in the number of motorcycle related crashes in the Commonwealth this year.

The new test is expected to do a better job of determining whether operators have sufficient safety skills for riding motorcycles in traffic. The current test has two exercises, but the exam that starts May 1st will require four exercises, which must be completed on a closed course under the evaluation of a license examiner provided by the Kentucky State Police.

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation is a not-for-profit organization which provides technical assistance to state training and licensing programs.The Kentucky Driver’s Manual has been updated to provide information regarding the new testing requirements.

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