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 Charges for damage to Training Bikes......

It has come to our attention that some schools offer an insurance waiver at a daily rate to cover any damage caused to a training bike by a student to reduce their insurance excess. For example, if you drop a training bike and damage it but you have paid the insurance waiver of say £35, the excess you will have to pay goes down from £1000 to £500. We believe this is unfair to their customers. Our take on damage to training bikes is that in the unlikely event that you do damage one of our bikes you will only be asked to pay for the cost of repairing the damage caused for which you will receive an invoice for parts and any labour. Should the bike be written off the very most you will have to pay will be the insurance excess which is currently a maximum of £700. In the 6 years we have been in business we have never had to ask anyone to pay the excess.


Learner drivers on motorways from 4 June 2018

From Monday 4 June 2018, learner drivers will be able to take driving lessons on motorways in England, Scotland and Wales.

This will help to make sure more drivers know how to use motorways safely.

How the change will work

Learner drivers will need to be:

  • accompanied by an approved driving instructor
  • driving a car fitted with dual controls

Any motorways lessons will be voluntary

It will be up to the driving instructor to decide when the learner driver is competent enough for them.

Until the law changes, it’s still illegal for a learner driver to drive on a motorway.


New BMW F700 GS Training bike
BMW F700 GS Ideal for the taller student

Introducing our newest addition - BMW F700 GS

Perfect for our taller students with a seat height of 850mm, great if you are over 6ft tall.



We have a new edition to our fleet of training bikes......

A 2016 Yamaha MT07 with ABS for A2 and Direct Access courses, lighter and slightly smaller than our Yamaha XJ6 this bike is easier to handle for students who find the bigger bike a bit too heavy.


DVSA updates and information for reference, latest updates for 2017

Theory tests costs fall from 1 October 2015
The cost of car and motorcycle theory tests will drop from £25 to £23 for tests taken from 1 October 2015.

Theory test fees for other types of vehicle will also be reduced at the same time.

Book tests at the new price

The changes apply to theory tests taken from 1 October 2015. You can now book tests for this date onwards.

You'll have to pay the old fee if you choose a test date before 1 October 2015.

Find out more about the changes to theory test fees.

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 own website.

Driving test bookings

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

The hazard perception part of the driving theory test has been recognised with a national road safety award.

The 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 Roads.

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.”

In 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 of time.

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.

Currently people can:

  • take their car and motorcycle theory tests with a voiceover in 1 of 19 foreign languages
  • use interpreters on theory tests and practical tests

This will stop from 7 April 2014.

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Why should I take my A1 licence at 17 ?

1. Rider safety

2. A1 licence never needs to be renewed

3. Rider satisfaction and enjoyment

4. No L-plates and you can carry a pillion

5. May reduce your insurance cost

You 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.

Read more

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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.

There are charts for both the current and new routes.

Download iconDownload 'The routes to your motorcycle licence' (PDF, 210KB)

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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.

This 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

European requirements

The European requirements are being introduced in Great Britain as part of the changes under the third EU licensing directive.

Learning materials updated

DSA's 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:

  • manufacturer
  • sub-category of motorcycle

You can also download the list as a spreadsheet or in PDF format.

Get email alerts when it’s updated

You 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.

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