First new test candidate crashes
"One of the first learner riders to take a new motorcycle test crashed and broke his arm in the middle of the examination.
In a chaotic start to the new test regime, a second candidate crashed while a source at the test site was on the phone to MCN telling us about the earlier accident.
Riding instructor Graham Woodcock blamed both accidents on a ‘swerve manoeuvre’ which candidates must perform at special test centres away from the public highway.
It requires candidates to reach 31mph (50kmh) measured with a speed detector before making a sudden change of direction.
In pouring rain at the Rotherham test centre on Monday, Adam Simpson, the first candidate to take the new test at the site, skidded and crashed while performing the manoeuvre, suffering a broken forearm.
The 27-year-old from Barnsley was taken by ambulance to Rotherham Hospital.
Woodcock said: “He did all the manoeuvres up to the swerve manoeuvre. Then, as he swerved one way and then the other, he basically high-sided.”
Wednesday, 29 April 2009