Direct Access Scheme

Explanation of the Direct Access Scheme (DAS)

The Direct Access Scheme (DAS) was introduced in 1997 as a response to people getting onto powerful motorcycles having only ridden 125cc machines. In reality the number of people doing this was fairly low.

DAS is only available to people who are 24 years old or over. They must have a motorcycle that puts out at least 40kw (54bhp) and 600cc or above to take the test. They can only ride these motorcycles if they are accompanied by an authorised DAS instructor.

Once you have taken and passed your motorcycle test through the Direct Access Scheme you will be licenced to ride any machine that you want, regardless of engine size and power.

If you want to find out how much your course will cost and how many days you might need then use our Step-by-Step Guide.


1/. Do I need to provide the motorcycle?
No, we provide everything you need including a motorcycle that meets the requirements for the test.

2/. What engine size is 40kw (54bhp)?
The size of the engine is not relevant; it is the quoted power output that matters. So, for example, you can get quite large engine sizes like the Suzuki LS650 Savage that are below 46.5bhp, and some quite small motorcycles like the Suzuki RGV250 which are a long way over. However, with the law change in 2013 the motorcycle must also be at least 600cc.

3/. Can I use my own motorcycle?
Yes, but in practise this is fraught with problems. Firstly, although your motorcycle may be over 40kw (54bhp) and 595cc if it is a sports bike then you are making things like the U-turn much more difficult. Secondly, what money you save in bike hire fees are often swallowed up many times over by your insurance being loaded. Thirdly, there is the hassle of getting the bike about (you can only ride it accompanied by an instructor). And finally, if you drop your bike you pay for the damage. Having said that we get a small number of people every year who do use their own bike and under certain circumstances this might be the right thing to do (particularly if it is modified due to a disability).

4/. Can I take my Direct Access Scheme on an automatic motorcycle?
Yes, but again there are issues with having a suitable bike. However, some of the major manufactures are now starting to make larger and larger scooters which will soon exceed 40kw (54bhp). Otherwise look for an old Honda CB750 Automatic.

5/. Is the Direct Access Scheme test harder than a normal test?
Not in principal, but it does require better machine controls and confidence to do some of the manoeuvres (U-turn!).

6/. I've decided that I do want to take this licence; what is the right course for me?
Follow our Step-by-Step Guide to find out.

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