Learner drivers warned about extra charges
DVSA is warning
learner drivers to avoid copycat websites and save money by using GOV.UK.
If you type the names of some popular government services into search engines, some of
your search results might be ads for sites that offer a service you could get for free (or for much less) on GOV.UK, the government’s
Some of these
copycat websites offer to book theory and practical driving tests, and look like they might be official, but they actually
charge a premium for their services.
Some websites charge:
- up to £30 for just booking a test, on top of the driving test fee itself
- a ‘pass
protection’ fee with the promise of a free retest that very few customers actually qualify to use
Copycat websites don’t let you pick
an actual appointment, and don’t give you instant confirmation of your booking.
Hazard perception test wins road safety award
perception part of the driving theory test has been recognised with a national road safety award.
Prince Michael International Road Safety Award recognises the hazard perception test’s role in reducing the number of
accidents and potentially saving hundreds of lives every year.
Research has shown that hazard perception
training and testing could account for an 11 percent reduction in accidents, helping to improve road safety and reducing the number of people killed and seriously injured on Britain's
DVSA Chief Executive, Alastair Peoples, said:
“I am extremely pleased that
the hazard perception test and its contribution to road safety have been recognised in this way. The theory test plays a vital
role in making sure that new drivers know the Highway Code and the rules of the road, helping them to drive safely and responsibly
and making our roads safer.”
June this year the Hazard perception test also received the John Smart Road Safety award at the Chartered Institution of Highways
and Transportation (CIHT) Awards 2014.
Important Notice............Theory Test Booking
A motorcycle theory test pass is required BEFORE you can take MOD 1 of your A1, A2 or DAS licence.
Our students are telling us that they are having to book theory tests two or three weeks in advance because the test centres
are very busy.
If you are thinking of taking a bike licence it is therefore advisable to book your theory test in plenty
You can book your theory test via the link on our prices page or through the government website.
End to foreign language driving tests
Driving test candidates will no longer be
able to use foreign language voiceovers and interpreters on their test from 7 April 2014.
The move, announced today (10 October 2013) by the new Road Safety
Minister Robert Goodwill, follows a public consultation.
- take their car and motorcycle theory tests with a voiceover in 1 of 19
- use interpreters on theory tests and practical tests
This will stop from 7 April 2014.
Why should I take my A1 licence at 17 ?
1. Rider safety
2. A1 licence never needs to be renewed
3. Rider satisfaction and
4. No L-plates and you can carry a pillion
5. May reduce your insurance cost
may think it's too expensive BUT did you know the cost of the A1 test, theory, MOD 1 and MOD 2 is around the same cost as retaking your CBT and
you can save at least one days tuition fees by presenting yourself at the test centre without the need for an instructor to
accompany you. We do the training, you take the test when it suits you. Call us for details.
THINK! urges motorcyclists to 'stay in control'
A new THINK! road safety initiative to encourage motorcyclists to improve their defensive riding skills has been launched
today (18 April 2013) by the Road Safety Minister Stephen Hammond.
The ‘stay in control’ campaign - which has been developed with partners from
the motorcycle industry - advises motorcyclists to ride defensively and seek further training to sharpen their skills.
Posters, leaflets and other promotional
material will be distributed to hundreds of motorcycle dealerships and retailers across the UK.
The campaign will run throughout the peak riding season this spring and
summer, when, historically, the number of motorcyclists killed and seriously injured on the roads sees an increase.
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New ‘routes to your motorcycle licence’ charts
DSA has published 5 new flow charts
showing the routes to your motorcycle licence from 19 January 2013.
One month to go
The new rules for motorcycles are effective from 19 January 2013.
These flow charts have been designed to help you and your candidates to understand the
process to get a specific category of licence.
are charts for both the current and new routes.
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Riding a motorcycle or moped - New
Rules January 2013
The rules for motorcycle and moped licences will change
from 19 January 2013. How this will affect you depends on whether you're a new rider after the rules take effect or an
existing rider. If…
Added on 21/12/2012
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New motorcycle rules coming into force
New rules affecting motorcyclists
in Great Britain will be introduced from Saturday 19 January 2013.
They include changes to motorcycles you can ride and the age you have to be to ride them.
also affects the rules for the motorcycle you use for your practical riding test. Your test will be cancelled and you may lose your fee if your vehicle doesn't meet the new rules.
Minimum age to ride larger motorcycles increasing
Access to more powerful motorcycles will be staged subject to competence,
age and previous experience.
The minimum age
to ride the largest motorcycles without previous experience is rising from 21 to 24.
Video explaining the new rules
You can watch a video about the new rules.
Watch the video
The European requirements are being introduced in Great Britain as part
of the changes under the third EU licensing directive.
Learning materials updated
official learning materials have been updated to reflect the new rules. You can buy them from the official TSO shop:
They're also available from most
high street and online book stores.
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Motorcycles that can be used for practical tests
The list of motorcycles that can
be used for practical tests has been turned into a new interactive tool.
The tool contains the same information as the PDF list it replaces, but
it’s now easier to use. You can now filter the list by:
You can also download the
list as a spreadsheet or in PDF format.
email alerts when it’s updated
can sign up to get an automatic email alert to let you know when the list is updated.
Use the new tool
The tool can also be accessed through
the GOV.UK page about the rules for mopeds and motorcycles used in the practical test.