Changes in store for the Kentucky motorcycle operator’s license test

FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE)-  Starting May 1, the Kentucky State Police Driver Testing Branch will begin using a new rider skills test for motorcycle operator's license applicants.

The test was developed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF), and the new test is designed to better determine if operators possess sufficient safety skills for riding motorcycles in traffic.

Changes to the test will increase the motorcycle skills test from two to four exercises, which must be completed on a closed course and evaluated by a KSP driver's license examiner.

The exercises include: left turn/normal stop; cone weave/right turn from a stop; quick stop and obstacle swerve. These changes will apply to both two-wheel and three-wheel motorcycle tests.

In other efforts to improve motorcycle safety KSP will offer a free, three-hour, classroom-based, motorcycle safety seminar taught by a certified MSF Rider Coach on May 17 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  The agency will also host its fifth annual Motorcycle Safety Day awareness program on June 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To register for these events, visit the KSP website at

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