ALBANY, New York — New York officials say more motorcycle permit holders are taking a state-sanctioned safety course.
The Department of Motor Vehicles says 70 percent of motorcycle permit holders in New York last year took motorcycle safety courses, up from 51 percent in 2010.
The courses are offered by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation under an agreement with the DMV. They allow motorcycle permit holders to waive the basic road test required by the DMV for a license. The waiver program has resulted in 70,000 fewer road tests over the past five years
There are between 36,000 and 44,000 motorcycle permit riders in any given year statewide.