A Division Of The
Department of Public Safety
Public Information and Education Division - PO Box 568 - Jefferson City, MO 65102


For further information please contact: Capt. J. Tim Hull
(573) 526-6115

September 19, 2011
EMPHASIS: New Motorcycle Driving Test Implemented

Colonel Ron Replogle, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, would like to inform the public of changes in the motorcycle driver testing program. Effective September 1, 2011, 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. This 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.

"Our mission of traffic safety includes all vehicles," said Colonel Ron 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.”