In their infinite wisdom, the government decided to change how motorcycle testing was carried out. Partly this was in response to EU legislation, which mandates a particular test needing to be carried out at 31mph (because of course the EU runs on kph). So part of the test - supposed to represent urban conditions - requires the trainee motorcyclist to break the law in order to pass. I kid you not.
Turns out that MPs agree that it's a shambles.
I'm one of the people affected - to take my practical test (two parts) I'd have to do an hour and a half's journey to Bury St Edmunds just to get started. Under the previous regime I'd only have to do the twenty minutes into Colchester - and the Colchester training sites all seem to have shut down. Good old government - more bureaucracy, less jobs, less happiness all around. Nice one.
I think that - along with thousands of other people - I'm going to stick to my L plates for some time to come.