This GLP (Graduated Licensing Program) is something that I'm totally for, anything to make the riders more prepared for the road and make the whole experience that much safer. But I will tell you one thing that is a major mistake and something that I see as just an attempt to make more money of people just trying to go thru the program at there own pace and not trying to rush it.
Last year I decided to get my motorcycle license and signed up with Action for riding lessons. I took the knowledge test and was ready to begin the journey to getting my license. Then I began the riding lessons and passed the skills test. Once I got to this point I wasn't in any rush to go for my road test and wanted to take my time and get more experience. I had no need to carry a passenger and riding during daylight hour suited me just fine for the time being. I was planning on taking my road test the following spring and be ready for the summer.
Well after the weather started getting worse I stopped riding and put my bike in storage for the winter while still keeping the insurance on the bike so it was available at any time. So as the winter went on I slowly forgot about riding and concentrated on other aspects of my life that were more relevant at the time.
Once the weather started getting better the urge to ride came back as did the need to get my bike ready for the road. So with my bike ready and gear inspected and safe I took around the house for my license. To my surprise upon finding the license it had expired as of Feb 17, 2004. Even though the insurance on my bike was still valid untill June. I thought no big deal I'll head down to the Motor vehicle branch and just get it renewed. I mean I was just shy of a month late and saw no problems right. WRONG after speaking to one of the MVB employees I found out that the license had to be taken all over again because I hadn't renewed it on time. What that means after she explained it to me several times due to my severe lack of compression from shock was that I had to REDUE the knowledge test(written exam) and REDUE the skills test that Action Ridding school had given me. I never received any warning to this policy and with my super busy work schedule renewing my license slipped my mind.
Even the MVB employee had no comment as to the sense this made nor to the reason that if I had renewed my license on time that the knowledge and experience I had gain would now still be with me. But seeing as I hadn't renewed on time I no longer am qualified and mysteriously this knowledge and experience no long exists. This is total BS. For the past 15+ years I've had a Class 5 license(road star status) and passed the motorcycle knowledge and skills test with relative ease.
I find this as nothing but an attempt to milk more money out of the motorists and apparently its going to work. The MVB employee told me I was the 3rd one in that day with the same problem.
Well I'm open to anyone's help in this mater. I'm just to busy to go thru the whole process again and having to rent a motorcycle would totally mess up my work schedule.