Direct Access Scheme (DAS) - Unrestricted Motorcycle Licence
The Direct AccessScheme (DAS) is for those people who would like to get a full unrestricted motorbike licence. DAS is only available for people aged 24 and over, unless you have already held an A2 motorcycle licence for at least 2 years and are following the progressive access route, which allows people who have held their existing A2 bike licence for 2 years to upgrade their licence to a full unrestricted licence by simply re-taking their practical test on a larger unrestricted motorcycle. Upon passing your DAS test, you will be entitled to ride any powered motorbike or scooter of your choice, carry pillion passenger's and use motorways.
The DAS test needs to be sat on a motorcycle / scooter which is at least 595cc, and has a power output greater than 40kw (53.6bhp).
As with all the other motorcycle tests, if you decide to pass your direct access test on a manual bike you will be able to ride any motorcycle or scooter/moped, whether it is manual or automatic. However, if you take your direct access course on an automatic bike, your licence will be limited to automatics motorbikes only.
Direct Access (DAS) Training Requirements
You are required to take your DAS test on a motorcycle which is at least 595cc with a minimum power output of 40kw (53.6bhp). You will need to pass both the DVSA Module 1 & Module 2 practical motorcycle tests in order to obtain your licence. Find out more about the DVSA motorcycle test here.
In order to attend a Direct Access motorcycle course, you will also need to have a valid driving licence (both Photocard & Matching Counterpart), which can be held in various ways:
- A Provisional UK Driving Licence (Apply Here)
- A Full UK Driving licence
- An EU Driving Licence (A D91 Form must also be obtained from the DVLA, which you can obtain by completing a D9 Application)
Unless you hold an existing A2 motorcycle licence and are following the progressive access route, you will have needed to have completed your CBT (Compulsory Basic Training) and be able to competently ride to a good confident standard. If you are nervous, inexperienced, or would like to learn how to ride a manual bike, or refresh yourself on a manual bike, then we would recommend you booking a 1-2-1 session with us before attending your DAS training course to ensure your riding is at a suitable standard.
The final requirement for you to book your DAS Motorcycle training course is for you to sit and pass the motorcycle theory test. Once you have passed your motorcycle theory test, you will get a motorcycle theory test certificate number which is needed in order to book your practical Direct Access Motorcycle test.
For a step by step guide of how to get your A2 motorcycle licence, please refer to our easy to follow flowchart guide.
Direct Access Training Course's
Our Direct Access motorcycle courses are based in London and are tailored to each individual. For the majority of people, it would be their first time on such a big motorbike, yet at the same time, we also recognise that some people may have been riding big motorbikes for years (e.g maybe in a foreign country, or off road).
For this reason, we assess each pupil's needs on an individual basis. We do not dictate that every person who wants to do Direct Access will need a 4 or 5 day DAS course as we know other training schools do. In fact, we do quite the opposite. We advise you on what our various DAS Courses involve, and then let you decide which course is best suited to your experience level. We ask you some critical key questions to get an understanding of your experience, which helps us give you an opinion on which course is best suited to you, however the final choice is up to you. Please bear in mind though, that if you claim to have more experience than you actually do, and opt to do a shorter course to save time and money, there is every chance you will not be in a position to pass your test first time, and may well end up spending more time and money on resits. For those pupils who are still unsure which course is best for them, we urge those pupils to come into our offices and speak to an instructor face-to-face, and even try sitting on, and riding the bikes to help both you and us make a correct and viable decision.
Our Direct Access (DAS) Motorcycle training courses in London are typically run over 3 days. This allows us suffiecient time to train you to pass both the Module 1 & Module 2 practical tests. A typical 3 day course would envolve the following:
Our 3 Day DAS Course (Most recommended):
Day 1: This consists of Module 2 training in the morning. The purpose of this session is to allow your instructor to help make sure that your riding proceedures (mirror/shoulder checks, positioning, roundabout proceedures etc) are correct and are at a standard high enough for you to ensure you pass your Module 2 motorcycle test first time. This Module 2 training also provides you with a chance to familiarise yourself with the bike you will be using. The afternoon session consists of Module 1 Training. We take you to our extensive Module 1 training site which is large enough for us to be able to replicate all of the Module 1 excercises. Your instructor will then talk you through each excericse, and give you tips on how to make each exercise much easier. Our Module 1 training site is exclusive for our Pupils, and is a key contributing factor to our 95% first time pass rate.
Day 2: You will have a recap on your Module 1 exercises before heading up to the DVSA test centre. We aim to get you to the test centre about half an hour before your test so that we can hopefully watch and talk you through a 'live' module 1 test being conducted. After you have completed your Module 1 test, we continue with more Module 2 training taking your around the most popular test route roads, and highlighting common places where people often make errors so that you hopefully don't! You will hear on many of previous pupils commenting in our video testimonials about how the routes we teach are quite often the exact same roads that they were taken on for their Module 2 test.
Day 3: Involves us recapping both the safety/pillion passenger questions and some of the most popular test routes again before you taking your Module 2 test.
We can offer Module 1 & Module 2 tests on the same, but do not recommend this as although it is more convenient for training schools to take this approach (as we only have to spend 1 day at the test centre), it is not the best option for the pupil, as you are the ultimately the one taking the unecessary risk, and placing additional pressure on yourself to pass your Module 1 test.
We do also offer a 2 day course which involves the same 'Day 1' training as our 3 day course mentioned above, which is then followed by the second day which involves you taking both your Module 1 and Module 2 tests. The risk you take with this course is that you do not receive as much Module 2 route training on the second day due to the fact that both Module 1 and Module 2 are taken on the same day. There is also the financial risk that if you fail Module 1, you will not be unable to take your Module 2 test, and will also lose the associated test fee. You will then be faced with having the cost of a Module 1 resit, plus the cost of replacing your Module 2 test, which when compounded, the financial cost is more expensive than our 3 day course, where the Module 1 & Module 2 tests are on seperate days to avoid that situation from happening, plus the benefit of additional Module 2 training which can only increase your chances of passing your test first time. For this reason, 95% of our courses are 3 day courses.
For those people who are inexperienced, or have little or no experience riding manual bikes or big bikes, we strongly recommend doing a 1-2-1 session with one of our instructors. This 2 hours session is aimed soley at getting you up to a standard good enough to attend our standard 3 Day Course. For some people, this session will include teaching them how to ride a manual bike, and then converting those skills onto a larger bike, whilst for others it may be purely a confidence boosting session to enable them to get used to riding a larger bike without the pressure of another student being present. Whatever your standard of riding, our instructors objective is to have you ready for a 3 day DAS course at the end of your 1-2-1 session. As the 1-2-1 session is just you and your instructor, the instructors sole attention is on you, which allows us to focus on your area's of weakness, and make your learning experience much faster and enjoyable.
How beneficial are your 2 hour 1-2-1 Sessions?
We beleive our 1-2-1 sessions are the key to our high pass rate. Because learning is taking place on a 1-2-1 basis, your learning curve is much quicker, as the instructor can focus on key area's that you are struggling with instead of diverting his attention amongst a group of students. This undivided attention is absolutely essential when teaching someone a new skill.
We are the only school that we are aware of in London that offers a 2 hour geared conversion, whilst in the same session, migrating the skills learnt onto a DAS bike.
Again, don't just take our word for it, just listen to our pupils >video testimonials, and here for yourself the results our 1-2-1 sessions have created.
Why are most of your Direct Access courses 3 Days?
Many schools will offer you a 5 or 6 day Direct access course, and while on the face of it this may seem like an ideal option, the underlying fact is that for half of those days you will probably be training on a 125cc bike, and more likely than not, in a group environment of 2-4 other students. It is this group envornment situation which keeps you on the 125cc for typically 2/3 unecessary days, as the instructors attention is focused on a group rather than you as an individual, meaning that you cannot progress onto a DAS bike until everyone in the group has reached a certain standard.
As your DAS test is sat on a big bike, we do not see any mileage in keeping you on a 125cc bike for any longer than necessary, as that is not the bike you will be taking your Direct Access test on. We like to get you onto a 600cc bike as quickly and safely as possible (hence our 2 hour conversion course). You will quickly see that riding a 600cc bike is in many ways a lot easier than riding a 125cc, and once you get onto the DAS bike, you will not want to go back to the 125cc.
Another disadvantage of long DAS courses is that they tend to be more expensive, and by virtue of the nature of the course, requires you to take more time off work, which is not only impractical, but again, also costly.
Therefore, we have comprised a way of teaching you in 2 hours what other schools "sell you" into believing takes 2/3 days, and at the end your session, you would not only have saved time and money, but will also be in a situation where you are ready to go straight onto a 3 Day Direct access training course.
However, we undersatnd that even though a large majority of our direct access course's are run over 3 days, that some people may still want to benefit from our superb instruction on a 4 or 5 day DAS course, and for that reason, we also run these more convential courses, even though these course's are still built around our 3 day DAS courses.
Our Pass Rate Speaks for itself!
Our DAS training courses in London are all based around a 3 day course, with a set syllabus that has a proven track record of a 95% first time pass rate. This is also evidenced by our Facebook page, and our YouTube, where we publish all our passed pupils video testimonials, so you can see and hear 100% genuine testimonials from hundreds upon hundreds of satisfied pupils.
To attend our 3 day Direct Access course, you will need to have a current CBT, have passed your motorcycle theory test, and be able to ride a manual motorcycle to a competent standard. For more details about our DAS training courses, please email us, and we will happily send you out a detailed breakdown of what you can expect to receive as part of your training.
Booking your DAS Training Course
You can view availibility of our DAS Course's online., and also book yourslef into a slot online, but if you do have any questions, or wish to book yourself onto one of our conversion courses, please feel free to contact us on our central office booking line on 020 8597 7333 or 0800 848 8418.
DAS Price List
|2 Day Course Using Our School Bike||£550|
|3 Day Course Using Our School Bike||£630|
|4 Day Course Using Our School Bike||£730|
|Module 1 Test Resit||£165|
|Module 2 Test Resit||£230|
|Weekends / Bank Holidays||£10 Extra Per Day|
All courses INCLUDE training and practical test fees. (An additional £20 will be charged for any practical test booked on a weekend or as classed as out of hours by the DVSA)
Now it's even easier than ever to book your DAS course with our online DAS booking system. You can view our availability, book your DAS motorcycle course online, and then make a secure online payment for your DAS course.
How do I book my DAS Course?
There are 3 ways that you can book yourself onto an DAS course:
- You can book online.
- You can book over the phone by calling 020 8597 7333 or 0800 848 8418
- You can come into our offices to pay cash. (If you would ike to take this option, please contact our office on 020 8597 7333 or 0800 848 8418 before making your journey, so that we can ensure someone will be present to greet you).
Please note, to book your DAS you will first need to satisfy some basic requirements:
- Have a full or provisional driving licence which is valid with the correct entitlements, and no bans, restrictions or disqualifications which will legally prevent you from attending your course.
- You must bring your original UK Provisional or full UK/EU photocard driving licence. If your photocard licence has expired, then please bring an original, current and valid UK passport as well as your original expired photocard driving licence. If you have the old style paper driving licence, an original, current and valid UK passport is also required. If you have an EU licence, then you will need to bring your original EU photocard driving licence with supporting D91 Form.
- You must have passed your CBT, and have an original, current and valid certificate in your possession. (unless you are upgrading and existing motorcycle licence via the progressive access route, which you must have held for a minimum of 2 years, or be of the required minimum age for the category you are upgrading to).
- You must have passed your motorcycle theory test (unless you are upgrading and existing motorcycle licence via the progressive access route, which you must have held for a minimum of 2 years, or be of the required minimum age for the category you are upgrading to).
- You must be able to read a number plate from a distance of 20.5 meters (the use of glasses is allowed)
- You must have read the Highway Code, and demonstrate a good knowledge of this and all other UK road traffic procedures at all times.
- You must be able to understand and reciprocally communicate with our instructors to a conversational level at all times. English translators are strictly prohibited in the interests of health & safety.
Booking a Course if you have an EU Licence
If you have an EU licence, you must obtain a D91 Form from the DVLA.
To get the D91 Form, you will need to complete a D9 Application Form. Once you complete the D9 Application, the DVLA will then send you a D91 Form in the post, and allocate you UK driving licence number.
Once you have the D91 Form and a UK driving licence number, you can then book onto a course with us as well as being able to book any other driving courses/tests/assessments in the UK.
Please note, you will need to bring the D91 Form form with you to your course, so please make sure you do pyhsically have this in your possession before making your booking.
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