Starting a Motorcycle Rider Training School

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: September 2016
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Motorcycle rider training schools provide approved training programmes and practical lessons to learner motorcyclists of varying ability. These include complete beginners who need to complete mandatory entry-level training, learners aged between 17 and 23 who are preparing for a category A1/A2 licence test, and learners aged 24 or over who wish to obtain a category A licence and require direct access scheme training. Demand for motorcycle training is highly seasonal and tends to peak in the summer months. There are also opportunities for training schools to provide training to professional motorcyclists, such as paramedics, police officers and 'blood bike' riders.

The provision of motorcycle rider training on a commercial basis is strictly regulated in the UK, in order to protect learner riders and other road users. In Northern Ireland, motorcycle instructors must be registered as approved motorcycle instructors with the Driver & Vehicle Agency. In England, Wales and Scotland, approved training programmes can only be delivered by instructors registered with the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and certain programmes must be provided at a school registered with the DVSA as an approved training body.

This profile provides information about starting up and running a motorcycle rider training school. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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