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Dress inappropriately and fail your motorcycle test

July 13, 2011

"Come back another day wearing appropriate bike clothing", says the examiner!

As of 1st July 2011, an examiner who considers that a candidate for the motorcycle test is not wearing the appropriate clothing for riding might decide not to go ahead with the test and ask the candidate to come back for a retake. The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) in the United Kingdom has recently issued strict guidelines to advise learner motorcyclists that if they turn up for the test dressed inappropriately, examiners have the right to cancel the test straight away and send candidates back home.

Whilst, as far as we are aware, there is no legal obligation for riders to wear protective clothing when using Powered Two Wheelers (PTWs), most training centres teach learners what to wear for their safety and make them aware of the various hazards and their consequences, especially in case they fall off their motorcycle. The DSA now considers that wearing adequate clothing while riding a motorbike or scooter is of paramount importance and reserves the right not to examine candidates who turn up inappropriately dressed for their test.

At UK France we tend to agree with the DSA’s recent announcement, although there is no legislation that forces riders to wear specific pieces of clothing. We consider however that given the number of scooter riders we see on the roads throughout the UK wearing flip flops, no motorcycle gloves and leaving parts of their body uncovered (blaming the summer’s hot weather for instance), training courses should emphasise the importance of wearing adequate protective clothing. One accident is enough to make these riders realise the paramount importance of wearing protective clothing while riding a PTW.

The DSA is not asking candidates for the motorcycle test to wear the most expensive or the most protective leather jacket or pair of trousers available on the market. However, the DSA requires a minimum standard of clothing to be worn to ensure that candidates are given a chance to be examined. Below is an extract of the guidelines issued by the DSA to all candidates for the motorcycle test:-

Guide to suitable clothing

As a general guide the following is an indication of the minimum level of clothing acceptable:

  • motorcycle boots
  • sturdy footwear or boots that provide support and ankle protection
  • textile or leather motorcycle trousers
  • heavy denim trousers
  • heavy denim jacket with several layers underneath
  • textile or leather motorcycle jacket
  • motorcycle gloves

The following are examples of clothing that are not acceptable:

  • lightweight training shoes
  • canvas basket ball trainers
  • any form of clothing with areas of exposed skin
  • shell suit or lightweight tracksuit
  • distressed ripped jeans
  • lightweight fleece or hoody
  • no gloves or skiing gloves

So here you go. If you are about to take your motorcycle test or thinking about becoming a biker, you are strongly advised to leave your Sunday suit or skirt in your wardrobe and wear something more sensible for riding, although strictly speaking, we believe that there is no legal requirement that dictates what you should wear whilst riding, a part from a helmet. Don’t forget that a well known tip to pass a test or an exam is to impress the examiner, so make sure that you give a positive impression right from the start!

Source: DSA reminds motorcycle test candidates to wear suitable clothing


If you’re based in France and want to take part of the fight against the Government’s proposed introduction of a compulsory annual environmental and road safety test for motorcycles and their continued policy to ban motorcyclists from filtering through traffic, then contact the Fédération Française des Motards en Colère (FFMC – French Federation of Angry Bikers).

Si vous habitez en France et souhaitez participer aux manifestations contre la proposition du gouvernement d’introduire un controle technique pour les 2 roues motorises ansi que de continuer a empecher la circulation inter files pour les motocyclistes dans les embouteillages, contactez la Fédération Française des Motards en Colère (FFMC).


Please join and support the campaign to stop Westminster Council from stealth taxing motorcyclists to park before their scheme spreads all over the UK and the rest of Europe. For further details, visit

Rejoignez le groupe de manifestants contre le stationnement payant des motocyclistes a Westminster avant que cela ne se propage dans le reste du Royaume-Uni et l’Union Europeenne. Pour plus d’informations, consultez


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Si vous avez une experience a partager et que vous souhaiteriez voir publiee sur UK France, n’hesitez pas a nous contacter en cliquant ici.

One Comment
  1. Jack Tate permalink

    I do not understand why people seem surprised when the people we elect based on their promises to do everything for us and protect us from everything that could cause us harm attempt to do so.

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