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UK: Want To Get Your Motorcycle License? Dress Appropriately

29
June
2011
  Posted at 02:00:00 PM
  File under  News Safety
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France
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Dressing in proper motorcycle riding clothes is a good thing, as an accident can occur at any moment, but sometimes the governments pushes the boundaries too far. The UK's Department of Transport Driving Standards Agency Open link in a new window (DSA) is an example of this.

Starting the 1st of July 2011, if you show up for your motorcycle test dressed not according to their standards, you will not be tested. That means not only that you'll not get your motorcycle license, but you loose the money you spent for the test.

Waking Ned
From the movie Waking Ned

The DSA folks don't have any brands in mind, but they do have a list of what you should wear, and what you shouldn't:

What to Wear:
  • 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

What not to Wear:
  • 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

Obviously a motorcycle helmet with suitable eye protection is a must, though Sikhs are allowed to wear a turban (like that is going to save their heads).

Nanny state to the extreme....

Via: Driving Standards Agency



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