New testing went into effect Sept. 1 for motorcycle operators. 

Col. Ron Replogle, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announced this week that effective Sept. 1, the patrol implemented statewide changes to both the written and skills test for motorcycle drivers.

The patrol is now testing motorcycle drivers according to the latest version of the motorcycle skills testing developed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. The updated testing includes a new obstacle swerve test to measure a driver’s ability to use proper avoidance maneuvers. Other test exercises will better measure skill level. In addition, motorcycle styles have changed over the years, and the new testing standards better accommodate those changes. The new testing includes both two- and three-wheel motorcycles.

Testing occurs on Wednesday in Houston.

“Our mission of traffic safety includes all vehicles,” said Replogle. “It is our goal to reduce motorcycle crashes and fatalities through an updated, more comprehensive testing standard. I am sure the motoring public will benefit from this new testing program.”

 

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