These are things you need to know before attending a course

IMPORTANT PLEASE READ THIS NOTICE.

When attending a motorcycle/moped training course please remember the following:

  • If you wear glasses or contact lenses, please remember to bring them. You must be able to read a car number plate at 20.5 metres.
  • If you are using your own motorcycle/moped other than the one provided by the Training School please ensure that you have a current insurance certificate, a valid MoT certificate, full sized L plates front and rear, valid road fund licence and the vehicle is road legal and mechanically sound. If you are taking a motorcycle test then it must have a MPH speedo (no stickers or overlays) and is suitable for the test you wish to take (A1, A2 or DAS.). In short, the responsibility for ensuring that your motorcycle is suitable and eligible for Module 1 & 2 Motorcycle Tests is yours.
  • Please wear suitable clothing; gloves, long trousers (must be at least denim jeans), a strong and warm jacket and boots. If you are not properly dressed, you can't be trained.
  • Please check with your Training School to see what items of equipment they provide.
  • All balances are due on or before the first day of training.
  • You must produce the following for all CBT courses; a valid UK (or Norther Ireland) full or provisional licence. If the licence is an old paper licence, then please bring photo ID (a current passport is best). If you do not bring your licence you could be turned away and could lose all your training fees - there are no exceptions. Foreign or EU licences are not acceptable or valid for training or testing.
  • For all post CBT courses and the Theory Test and Module 1 & 2 Motorcycle Tests you must bring your licence, CBT certificate (DL196), Theory test pass certificate, and photographic ID (which must be a passport or a photo card driving licence). The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will not accept anything other than an original, complete and legible UK licence - again there are no exceptions to this.
  • Please bring your confirmation letter/email.
  • For CBT courses we strongly advise reading the information on this website that relates to this course
  • For all courses (except CBT) the Training School must have details of your Driver Number at least one week before the start of the course. They cannot organise your Theory Test or Module 1 & 2 Motorcycle Test without it and you will be liable for the fees if they are late notifying the DVSA with your details.
  • Please arrive in plenty of time to allow the course to start at the correct time.
  • If you are taking a practical test, please ensure that your Driving Licence has your current address. This is because your licence will be retained by the DVSA when you have passed your test. If you have recently moved address you will be asked to send off for your new licence by yourself - do not forget to do this!.
  • Please bring any signed Terms and Conditions asked for by the Training School. 16 and 17-year olds must have a parent or guardian sign the Terms and Conditions.

Your Training School will endeavour to make your training as safe and enjoyable as possible. However, there is always a small element of risk in connection with the use of any motor vehicle, which cannot be eliminated. Unlike a car, your instructor can have no direct control over your vehicle and ultimately it is your responsibility to ride safely. With this in mind you must comply with the following:

  • Ensure that you are, and remain, fit to train. Only you know your physical and mental condition.
  • You must not be over tired, injured, or suffering from any ailment, which could affect your riding.
  • You must not have taken any drugs, which may affect your ability to ride.
  • You must inform your instructor if there are any problems in this respect or if any occur during the day.
  • You must ensure that you have adequate breaks, drinks and food and that you are properly clothed.
  • Only you will know if you are fit to continue.

Do not feel pressured into anything if you are not confident. If any problems occur whilst on the road, pull over in a safe place as soon as possible. If you have any problems or concerns of any kind during training, you must bring them to the attention of your instructor. All lessons are undertaken at the student’s own risk.

Should you require any further advice or help please do not hesitate to give us a call. All courses are booked based on the information that you have given us; responsibility for ensuring that these details (including your licence entitlements) are correct are yours - this includes how much previous riding experience you claim to have.

Suitable Clothing

DVSA is reminding learner motorcyclists to wear suitable clothing when they take their Module 1 and 2 motorcycle tests. While most motorcycle trainers encourage their pupils to wear the best protective motorcycle gear that they can afford, some candidates aren’t following this advice. DVSA doesn’t want to restrict candidates to wearing the most expensive protective motorcycle clothing. However, DVSA’s examiners won’t ignore or condone riding a motorcycle or scooter while wearing unsuitable clothing. Tests won’t go ahead if you are inappropriately dressed. From 1 July 2011, examiners might tell you that your test won’t go ahead if you arrive inappropriately dressed. However, where possible, examiners will give you the chance to find suitable clothing within the time available. DVSA won’t pay out-of-pocket expenses if your test is cancelled because of inappropriate clothing.

Guide to suitable clothing

As a general guide the following is an indication of the minimum level of clothing acceptable:

  • Motorcycle boots
  • Sturdy footwear or boots that provide support and ankle protection
  • Textile or leather motorcycle trousers
  • Heavy denim trousers
  • Heavy denim jacket with several layers underneath
  • Textile or leather motorcycle jacket
  • Motorcycle gloves

The following are examples of clothing that are not acceptable:

  • Lightweight training shoes
  • Canvas basketball trainers
  • Any form of clothing with areas of exposed skin
  • Shell suit or lightweight track suit
  • Distressed ripped jeans
  • Lightweight fleece or hoody
  • No gloves or skiing gloves

In all cases it’s a legal requirement that riders wear an approved and correctly fastened motorcycle helmet,* with suitable eye protection (*an exception is made for members of the Sikh religion wearing a turban).

More advice and guidance

Clothing is one of the subjects covered in Element A of Compulsory Basic Training (CBT). Further advice and guidance for candidates on the right clothing to wear can be found:

In the official “DVSA guide to learning to ride”

In the official “DVSA guide to riding - the essential skills”

On the www.direct.gov.uk website

Sickness, Lateness or Bereavement

Further to the DVSA’s change of policy in June 2011 being ill, late, bereaved or delayed by traffic will no longer qualify a student for a free retest. We acknowledge that the DVSA policy is extremely onerous, but the Training Schools are not in a position to influence it (however, more recently they have relaxed this somewhat so it is worth getting a doctor's certificate if you are ill). Where Training School's take candidates to test they will give adequate time to reach the test centre based on their experience of normally attending the test centre. They will do everything possible to get you to the test on time but if there is an unforeseeable accident/delay then unfortunately the cost of a re-test will fall on the student.