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
In order to attend a Direct Access motorcycle course, you must be at least 19 years of age and 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
- A Full UK Driving licence
- An EU Driving Licence (UK Counterpart must be obtained from the DVLA by completing a Form D9)
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 A2 Motorcycle test.
For a step by step guide of how to get your Direct Access unrestricted motorcycle licence, please refer to our easy to follow flowchart guide.
Direct Access (DAS) 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:
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 DSA 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 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.
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.
INEXPERIENCED RIDERS: 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.
Our Direct Access Scheme (DAS) course's run from Ilford, in East London, within easy access of other local area's such as Romford, Dagenham, Loughton as well as all other parts of Essex. We also have a new training centre ope in Tottenham which makes it easy for us to provide Direct Access training in North London as well. Another advantage that we have is our extensive training site which is exclusive to us, and helps many of our pupils through the Module 1 part of their test, and is a key factor to our unique high first time pass rate.
The Direct Access Test
The Direct Access (DAS) test needs to be sat on a bike which is at least 595cc and has a power output of at least 40kw (53.6bhp). As previously mentioned, this test is only available to those people who are over 24 years of age (except those who have held their A2 licence for a minimum of 2 years and are following the progressive access bike test route).
You will be required to complete both Module 1 and Module 2 in order to successfully pass your test. For more information about the test, and to find out what is involved, please click here.
Once you have passed both your DAS module 1 test & DAS Module 2 test, you will then be able to ride any bike with no power restriction, caryy pillion passenger and use motorway roads.
Direct Access Scheme (Das) Price List
|2 Day Course With Our Bike
|3 Day Course With Our Bike
|4 Day Course With Our Bike
|5 Day Course With Our Bike
|2 Hour 1-2-1 Conversion (125cc to 600cc)
|Module 1 Test Re-Sit
|Module 2 Test Re-Sit
||£10 extra per day
All courses INCLUDE test fee's for both Module 1 & Module 2. (An additional £20 will be charged for any practical test booked on a weekend or for tests classed as out of hours by the DSA)