We started in 1984, back in the
Part 1 test days and this year celebrate 30yrs training.
Another milestone being that we've been on our top rated
CBT site in Folkestone now for 15yrs.
We reckon it's pretty awesome for
any small business to come through (how many?) recessions
and do 30 yrs., so are celebrating with our birthday
discounts. Some pretty big savings for anyone new to
us / our sport.
So spread the word while the offer stands.
In Nov 2013, The Graduated Licence
Scheme (to replace the New Driver Act) was passed into
law, amending the Road Traffic Act 1988
1) No test can be booked unless /
until your Approved Driving Instructor says you've finished
an approved training course and awarded you a certificate
to "prove" it. Not taught by Dad anymore then.
2) It's now a 12 month (not 24) probationary period,
still with the 6 points and you're out.
3) But, any points (say just 3) and your probationary
period can be extended - by the Police
4) Max 1 passenger, so no Mum 'n Dad in the car with
5) No alcohol at all. The technical limit will be only
5 micrograms (mouthwash level).
And to get the full licence, after
the probationary period - you'll have to do "Pass
Plus" and get another certificate from an Instructor.
I can see what they're about but is
this well thought through legislation?
The good news is that there's no date for implementation,
it's been slipped in under the radar and they can inflict
this later, at will.
It's up to you to let your MP know
what you think of this. Hopefully it'll never be brought
forward as written.
The DSA's review of the bike
test (forced through by Minister, Mike Penning) has
finally been released.
It was delayed for a LONG time as Mr. Penning (unlike
most Ministers) stayed in post for a long time. Now
he's gone and the DSA can get back to doing what THEY
The review was a predictable whitewash, with the final
result being that the Mod 1 test is too dangerous to
be carried out on road.
Now, pretty straightforwardly, what kind of supposed
road safety body designs a dangerous test? and if it
can't be done on road why's it in a DRIVING test at
They actually had the Orwellian cheek to "spin"
that as a virtue!!!! Perhaps the D in DSA stands for
The next review is whether to allow
added training, instead of testing for the new 2 yr.
Doubtless the DSA will decide that making experienced
riders retake the LEARNER test after 2 yrs is safer
than getting some added skills.
We know the answer.
With just about every Euro tour
you are likely to make starting in France:-
The French tried to introduce a law requiring Hi-Viz
vests for motorcyclists but had to withdraw that as
it was in breach of other EC regulations.
Now, the perfidious French have found another way around
it "UNCE Reg. 22" for helmets. In France you
now have to have 4 approved reflective stickers;
front, rear and both sides.
The stickers must be a minimum of 18sq.cm (say 5cm diameter).
If any other shape, it must be able to contain a circle
of at least 4cm diameter or a rectangle of at least
12.5 sq.cm and min 2cm wide.
Yes, there's on the spot fines and their police are
France is in recession and is using it's police as a
source of revenue. Speed cameras are popping up all
over the place too. Frankly it's rude.
Age 16 Moped,
New Group AM
Up to 50cc, now max speed only 28mph
Licence is for AM Moped. No real change except that
only more recent - June 2003 on - Mopeds are type approved
as 28 mph.
Earlier ones were old Group P - 32 mph.
So youngsters on new licences need to be careful of
buying older bikes that they'll not be licenced for!
But if your licence is pre 19/1/13 you'll still have
the old Group P too. Most of the plod will be confused.
Age 17 Light Motorcycle,
New Group A1
Up to 125cc and 11 kW (15 bhp)
After test, the licence is then for A1 Motorcycles -
that's all you get a licence for a 125- nothing
else, there's no automatic upgrade anymore either.
A big change, just a 125cc, a real blow to new riders.
Age 19 + Medium Motorcycle,
New Group A2
A new, intermediate "Direct Access" to middleweight
After test, you're licenced up to 35 kW (47 bhp) but
if it's a restricted bike, the original bike mustn't
have been over 70 kW (93 bhp) which is nearly all of
the present 600cc sportbikes! So nothing too exciting
until the manufacturers catch up. Again there's no longer
any automatic upgrade.
So there'll be no 47 bhp restrictors
for + 93 bhp bikes! Unless your licence was pre
19/1/2013, then it'll still be 33 bhp (and any bike!)
and perfectly legal - what a mess!
2 years after passing the new A2 test,
can take the new Group A test without waiting until
you're 24 y.o.
Age 24 + Any Motorcycle,
The New Group A
Direct Access as we know it but now 24 not 21 y.o.
From the end of 2013 it's going
to change again!!!!
The A2 test will be allowed on a lighter
bike (just a 20 kW - 27 bhp) a bonus for smaller people.
In a few years, it'll change yet again
The A test will be upped to a minimum of 50 kW - 67
bhp and a minimum weight of 180 kg - 400 lb !
A real blow to smaller people and rather discriminatory.
Jan 2011- It's
EC harmonisation yet again. The DSA have just released
details of a "consultation" about changing
UK law to align with the EC's minimum standards.
Now, the average of EC eyesight tests
is a lot easier than ours. The UK can keep our, higher,
standard or meet the half blind European one. In typical
slave'ish fashion they propose to allow the test to
be dropped from a numberplate at 20.5 metres to 17.5
If you want to have a say on this, go to the DSA's website
(our Links page) go to Consultations and have a rant.
We're all used to the "new"
test by now, it's been up and running since April 2009.
Surprisingly, the pass rate's stayed about the same
as for the "old" test but then, trainers were
better prepared than usual.
Sept 2010 - Now they've changed
the Part 2 (on road) part of the test - to include about
10 minutes "Independent Riding".
It's pretty straightforward really. The Examiner stops
you somewhere and simply asks you to "follow the
signposted route to......", instead of him giving
It's added pressure, making sure you're doing everything
correctly and now having to stick to their route as
well. In fact, if you go the wrong way it doesn't matter
It's not been a problem because we train in the test
town. Our students have loads of practise and know
the chosen routes (we're not above a bit of cheating)
so don't let it put you off.
Needless to say, the DSA is being
a bit intransigent and getting change is like pulling
teeth but progress is being made. Trials are underway.
Watch this space !!!!!
At 17, pass your test on a
125cc, stay on a 125cc for 2 years. Then:
At 19, after 2 yrs on a 125, pass the same test
again but on a 400cc, ride up to 46bhp (at least that's
a big up from the current 33bhp restriction) for another
2 years. Then:
At 21, after 2 yrs on a 46bhp, pass the same
test again but on a 600cc - hey you've got there at
After a minimum 4 years experience and 3
There will still be "Direct Access" routes,
at 19 for the 400cc test and at 24 for the 600cc
Now that's another disaster, hot on
the heels of the last one.
After huge lobbying and a legal challenge,
the MCIA got the last Govt's. "Consultation"
overturned by the new Govt., what a result.
Now it's a fast moving re-consult (the 2012 deadline
is still there). We're hoping to get a softer line adopted.
Basically a short training course to "uplift"
at each licence stage, instead of getting experienced
riders to keep re-taking the learner test.
We'll keep you informed.
Anyway, enough of that, lets
Kushal Limbu with Instructor, Nigel
and a pristine Pass Certificate !
Pte Kushal Limbu lost both legs to
a Taliban roadside bomb in 2008 but not his determination.
After a period of rehab., and fitted with artificial
legs he was loaned a specially adapted 125cc bike by
the NABD (National Association for Bikers with a Disability)
which had thumb operated rear brake and gear change.
Channel designed a training course to suit his particular
needs and Kushal had our huge respect on passing both
his Module 1 and Module 2 bike tests at the very first
Now it's a "big bike" but
restricted to 33bhp for 2 years, then who knows?
The team in their Channel Rider
We're one of the sponsors to the team
who've had huge success in the league this year. So
good in fact they've been chosen to develop a youth
partnership with the Saracens no less!
From 2011 the Premiership side are to give the team
access to elite coaching and top quality development
They've impressed everyone so much
this season, we think you're looking at some of the
next generation of Rugby pro's here.
Yes the cheque does say £2358.47
20 years of saving lives was celebrated
with an Awards Dinner.
We were a bit chuffed to be nominated in the "Business
We weren't the winners, so didn't have to give a speech
- result !
This has been our chosen Charity for
years now. Every candidate is invited to contribute
and every year another cheque goes from our Candidates
(it is really you guys, not us) to continue support.
We do hold the record for the most money wedged into
one collection box though.
Many thanks go to all our Candidates for backing this
and to the Air Ambulance Team who are:-
The Nicest Guys You Hope You Never
Need To Meet