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Direct Access (DAS) Understanding the Direct Access Scheme

Direct Access Scheme (DAS)

Realise your dream and potential, there are two routes to riding a larger powered motorcycle. To make it easier to understand they can be classed as the Direct Access Scheme on a medium or full powered motorbike and your age will determine which route you can take.

19-23 Category A2 Licence

If you are between 19 and 23 years old, you can learn to ride a medium powered motorcycle between 25-33kW (33-47bhp). As a rough guide you can take the A2 motorcycle test on a 400-500cc machine (power dependent).

Once you have passed the Module One and Module Two tests, you can ride any size motorcycle but it must be restricted to 35kW (restrictions apply).

You may choose this option if you are older than 24 years and do not want to ride a full powered motorcycle. NB: This route has a two-year experience period. See explanatory notes below.

24+ Category A Licence

Over the age of 24 you can go straight to the unrestricted DAS (Direct Access Scheme) course. If you choose the DAS course it means that you can learn to ride and take tests on a larger powered motorcycle of at least 600cc (over 40kW).
On passing your Module One and Module Two motorcycle tests, you can ride a motorcycle of any size.

After completing your CBT, it may be necessary for part of your initial training sessions to be conducted on a 125cc motorcycle before moving onto a larger machine. This is to ensure that all the techniques are in place and you can ride safely before progressing to a larger motorcycle without having any problems.

Typically, your motorcycle training will consist of off-road motorcycle manoeuvres, covering step by step guidance on all aspects of the Module One test criteria and on-road riding for the preparation of taking your Module Two test.

This motorcycle training is designed to enhance ability, build confidence and awareness. All of the training you receive touches on advanced riding techniques to make you a better and safer rider.

During your DAS on-road test training we will negotiate as many different riding scenarios as possible to ensure you are test ready. These may include dealing with other traffic, town centre riding, dual carriageways and country lanes.

You can choose to undertake your motorcycle training at either of our branches in Redditch or Birmingham.

Please note: You can only ride a larger motorcycle as a learner if you are under the direct supervision of a DVSA approved Direct Access Scheme Instructor and in radio contact.

DAS course overview

Explanation notes for Accelerated Access

The two-year experience period does not give you automatic qualification to ride an unrestricted motorcycle; it is a qualifying period meaning that after 2 years of holding an A2 licence, you can move up a level and take the full powered category A motorcycle tests. For example, if you were exactly 20 years old when you passed the A2 test, 2 years later, on your 22nd birthday, you can retake the tests on a 600cc machine (over 40kW) to gain the full powered unrestricted licence (eliminating the necessity to be 24 years old).

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