Motorcycle Training Terms and Conditions

Last updated 3 October 2014

Please read the terms and conditions before booking any training.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in these terms and conditions. They are there to protect both you the student and us. We believe that they are very reasonable, if you disagree, please contact us before booking.

  1. By booking any training it is deemed that you have fully read and accepted our terms and conditions. Throughout the Terms and Conditions the Academy Of Motorcycling may be described as “us” “our” or “we”. The student may be described as “you”.
  2. Academy Of Motorcycling and its Instructors are authorised by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA), to deliver Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) and pre-test training and we will abide with DSA regulations.
  3. You must produce a valid UK driving licence with provisional entitlement for motorcycles (both parts if a photo card licence) and a suitable form of identification (current passport) if you have an old style licence.
  4. You must have no more than 8 penalty points on your licence within the last 3 years.
  5. You must not have been disqualified from driving during the last 3 years.
  6. If you have completed your Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) elsewhere, you must produce your certificate before you undergo any further training with us.
  7. If you are using your own machine, you must produce a valid certificate of insurance that covers your use of that vehicle on a road, vehicle excise licence and current MOT certificate, if applicable.
  8. The student is responsible for any fines and endorsements as a result of any road traffic offence committed by them.
  9. Students must have a good understanding of the Highway Code prior to training. Any student who doesn’t may have their training cancelled or extended.
  10. Training will be conducted in English, students must be able to understand and follow English to a level that they can comply to instructions over a radio system. If a student attends a course of training without a good command of English the training will be cancelled with no refund. If unsure please contact us prior to any booking.
  11. Students must be physically/mentally fit enough to complete a days training. We will not refund if you are unable to do so. If it is deemed by the Instructor that it is not safe for you to continue, your training will be terminated and no refund will be offered.

Failure to Produce Documents

  1. If you fail to produce any of the required documents for a CBT course then training cannot commence. No refund of deposit will be issued.
  2. If you fail to produce the required documentation to the DSA examiner on your practical tests, you will have the test terminated by the DSA and the test fee will be lost. The DSA will not refund a test fee for any reason whatsoever, once a test has been named, including serious medical conditions or accidents prior to the test.

Injuries & Accidents

  1. We will do everything within our power to ensure the safety of our students, however, riding any motorcycle or scooter carries some risk to the rider. The student must understand these risks and agree to undergo training at their own free will. The bikes are fully insured, but you are not. We will not pay for any lost days of work or damage to your personal kit in the event of an accident.
  2. The student must accept responsibility for their own actions during training and any possible injury caused. Students are responsible for the control of the motorcycle, we can only advice you verbally. Academy Of Motorcycling and our Instructors cannot accept liability or be subject to any claim for any injury or accident you may suffer whilst riding independently or accompanied.
  3. Any student that sustains injury during their training will have their training stopped and medical attention will be sought if needed. We always recommend that medical attention is sought in all cases and that injuries are checked by a medical practitioner. However, if the student is happy to continue the training it will be at their own discretion.

Bookings/Refunds

  1. A deposit will be required to confirm the booking and the remaining balance will be required on the day of training.
  2. CBT, Individual Lesson, ERS/Advanced Deposit = £50
  3. DAS Mod 1 / Mod 2 Course = £100 + Test Fees (Test Fees will be refunded if cancelled with at least 5 working days before date of test)
  4. DAS Introduction Course Deposit = £75
  5. All deposits are non-refundable should the student fail to attend or cancel their session or course. If it is possible we MAY change the date of training if it’s suitable for both parties, however this will incur a £10 administration charge.
  6. No refunds will be given if the terms and conditions set out in this document are breached or not met.
  7. Payment can be made to Academy of Motorcycling by either Debit/Credit card, Pay Pal or Cash. There is a 3% Administration Charge for the use of PayPal or Credit card.
  8. Students that have qualified for a “Pairs” discount will only be awarded the discount if they book together for exactly the same training at the same time.
  9. Students that have applied for a MoD/999 Discount will only be awarded the said discount on production of an official Identity Card.
  10. When a course is discounted & advertised as such there will be specific terms and conditions stated with that offer. These terms & conditions of the offer are in addition to these Terms & Conditions.
  11. We reserve the right to cancel, amend or re-arrange the date and time of training, giving reasonable notice where possible.
  12. Full payment will be required before ANY training takes place.
  13. If a student starts a course but then withdraws before completion no refund will be issued and the training missed will not be transferred on to another course.
  14. In the event of any student riding in a dangerous manner or misusing the bikes and or equipment we reserve the right to terminate training with no refund being issued.

Courses & Tests

  1. Full payment is required on the 1st day of training of any course, any student who arrives without the correct amount may have their training cancelled with no refund.
  2. The whole course must be booked in it’s entirety to obtain the package course rate, otherwise the normal session rate applies.
  3. Students are advised to book their CBT at least 2 weeks before a course, this will allow the Instructor to assess riding ability and advise on course duration. Students who have taken a CBT at another school are advised to take advantage of a riding assessment at least 2 weeks prior to the course, if the deposit is paid this assessment will be free.
  4. We will endeavour to train students of a similar ability on a course. If a student attends a course and is not up to a safe standard to continue, their test and possibly training may be cancelled with no refund due. It is therefore imperative that students take an assessment and or the additional training when advised to do so. This will ensure the other student is not disadvantaged.
  5. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that prior to a course (Not CBT) they have passed their Motorcycle Theory Test and have informed the Academy Of Motorcycling of the Certificate number. It is also the student’s responsibility to bring the certificate to both tests. If you book in for a course without a valid theory the tests will have to be cancelled but the training will still go ahead and no refund for the tests will be given.
  6. If there is only 1 student on a Mod 1 or 2 Course the timings will be reduced by 1.5 hours per day as they will receive 1 to 1 Tuition.

To book a Theory call 0300 200 1122 or book online at www.dsa.gov.uk

DSA Practical Tests

  1. A1 Light, A2 Medium and A Direct Access licenses are gained through a two-part practical test (Module One and Module Two.) It is a requirement of the DSA that Module One is passed before Module Two is attempted.
  2. If you fail Module One, three clear working days are required before a further Module One attempt.
  3. If you fail Module Two, ten clear working days are required before a further Module Two attempt.
  4. We recommend that the Mod One Test and the Mod Two Test are separated by 5 working days when students are doing individual session or lessons. If, however, the student requires, for personal reasons, that the Module One and Module Two be booked either on the same day or within 5 days of each other, the student must understand that if the Module One Test is failed, the fee for the Module Two Test will be lost to the DSA and any other subsequent tests will be charged at the standard DSA test rate. (Students doing the Combined 3.5 day Course are covered under our Mod 1 Test Guarantee)
  5. If the student requires further training for a re-test of either Module One or Module Two, usual training fees apply.
  6. If a test is cancelled by the DSA because of adverse weather & you have been taken to the Test Centre, half the session fee will be charged. The test fee will be carried over to the next test date.
  7. If a test is cancelled by the DSA because of Industrial Action or an inability on the part of the DSA to conduct the test, the student will be charged the full session fee which you can claim back from the DSA.

Hiring & Possible Damages to Bikes

  1. Bikes are motorcycles, scooters and mopeds.
  2. Kit includes: Helmet, Jacket, Gloves, Boots, Over-trousers, Waterproofs, Training Vests and Radio equipment. If there is any damage to the kit when given to you it’s your responsibility to inform the Instructor of the fact, or you may be held liable.
  3. The bike and any damage to a 3rd Party are covered with fully comprehensive insurance, when undergoing actual training with us.
  4. Personal accident insurance is NOT included. You may wish to consult your own insurance broker for this.
  5. Like all Insurance policies, our Insurance has an excess to pay in the event of a claim, currently this is £500. Accident damage to our vehicles will be charged up to the Insurance excess. The cost of the damage will be assessed by Mototechniks and the cost of said damage plus any labour costs will be expected within 7 working days of notification.
  6. Parts ordered for damaged bikes will be ordered by us from authorised and known suppliers only. We will not accept parts ordered by the student from unknown sources.
  7. If in the event of an accident the bike is beyond road side repair the rest of the session may be cancelled.
  8. An Insurance excess waiver may be purchased at a cost of £10.00 a session. Students who purchase the Insurance excess waiver prior to any training will not have to pay any additional monies for repair of the bike, however, this does not cover Kit, therefore, payment to replace damaged items will be expected within 7 working days of notification.
  9. The full cost of replacements/repairs will be required for the loss or damage of keys and locks by students even if the Insurance excess has been purchased. Payment will be expected within 7 working days of notification. If there is any damage to the key when given to you it’s your responsibility to inform the Instructor of the fact immediately or you will be held liable.
  10. Any delay of payment will result in immediate legal action. Academy Of Motorcycling reserves the right to claim for loss of earnings if the vehicle is rendered off road, damages and/or any related legal costs.
  11. We will endeavour to match students with a suitable bike for all motorcycle courses, however, if we think it’s unsafe for the student to ride a motorcycle due to its size or power we will transfer the training to a more suitable bike.
  12. Our bikes are all thoroughly maintained and serviced, however, in the event of a mechanical breakdown we will endeavour to provide a substitute vehicle. If a test, session or course has to be cancelled we will organise further training and tests at no additional cost to the student, however, we will not cover any other further costs encountered by the student.
  13. In the event of a puncture, the training will be suspended until the vehicle is roadworthy and any lost time will be added on to another session. If the puncture occurs on or just prior to a test, any additional costs of the test and escort will be split 50/50 with the student and us.
  14. Students are NOT permitted to sit on, touch or ride any of our bikes without the direct permission of an Instructor. Students riding a bike without the Instructor being present or without our permission will have all their training terminated immediately. No refund will be issued.

Hiring & Possible Damages to Kit

  1. We can normally provide the use of all the necessary safety equipment free of charge for those students that require it. This service is complementary and it’s not a requirement for us to provide this service. We do hold a significant amount of motorcycle safety helmets and clothing in a variety of sizes to suit most normal head and body sizes, however, should a student not be able to find a helmet or item of clothing that fits, the student will have to provide his/her own. If a student is unwilling to purchase the necessary equipment or Mototechniks can’t provide it, the Training will be cancelled with no refund of deposit.
  2. Students undergoing any test are advised that they MUST wear a pair of sturdy boots that cover the ankle and that allow easy use of the foot controls. We do not supply these therefore, it’s the sole responsibility of the student to provide their own. No refund for missed tests will be given. Students undergoing other training are strongly advised to also wear suitable footwear as training may be cancelled with no refund offered.
  3. In the event that any equipment is damaged, either by deliberate act or accident, the student will reimburse Academy Of Motorcycling the cost to replace the damaged item within 7 working days of notification.
  4. All safety equipment is regularly checked to ensure it meets required health and safety requirements. Students that require safety equipment should look after all equipment provided and return each item at the end of each training day. Any student caught stealing any kit/equipment will be banned from any further training at the Academy of Motorcycling.

Hiring a Bike for Unsupervised Use

  1. Students hiring a bike, scooter or moped for their own private practice or hired to attend a test on their own, are only covered with 3rd Party Insurance. If an accident occurs involving a 3rd Party claim, the Insurance excess (currently £500) and or any damage to the hired vehicle will be required to be paid in full within 7 days. Any delay of payment will result in legal action. We reserve the right to claim for loss of earnings if the vehicle is rendered un-roadworthy and any related legal costs.

Students using their own bikes

  1. Any student using his/her own motorcycle for training must ensure that the vehicle complies with all legal requirements in existence at the time of training and/or testing.
  2. Vehicle road tax must be valid and displayed, L plates must be displayed front and rear, and vehicle tyres must be within the legal limits.
  3. The maintenance and reliability of the student’s vehicle shall be the student’s sole responsibility, If the vehicle breaks down the student will have the option to use one of our vehicles (if available) and the additional lesson fee will be charged at that time. If a vehicle is not available and the lesson has to be cancelled, then you will charged the full session fee and no refund will be issued.
  4. Students turning up for training on un-roadworthy vehicles have the option to use one of our vehicles (if available) and the additional lesson fee will be charged at that time. If a vehicle is not available and the lesson has to be cancelled then you will charged the full session fee and no refund will be issued.

Medical Conditions

  1. Full disclosure must be made by the student, at the time of booking, if he/she knows of any drug/medical/medication (prescription or otherwise) or condition that could impair his/her riding ability. Failure to disclose any issues that become apparent to us will result in the termination of the training. No refund will be issued.

Eyesight Test

  1. On the CBT or first day of training you will be expected to read a number plate from the legally required distance of 20.5m. If vision aids are required to successfully complete the eyesight test, these vision aids must be worn when riding our vehicles. Failure to clearly read & pass the eyesight test will result in the immediate termination of the student’s training

Alcohol & Drugs

  1. Arriving for training under the influence of alcohol or drugs will result in the immediate cancellation of the entire training session. No refund will be given.

Driving Standards Agency (DSA)

  1. Training and testing (as arranged with and conducted by the DSA) to be at the time, date and place specified. All arrangements with the DSA are subject to the terms and conditions of that body, over which Academy Of Motorcycling has no control.

Abusive Behaviour

  1. Academy of Motorcycling will not tolerate abusive behaviour towards any member of our staff, DSA employee, or any other Academy of Motorcycling student. Any student behaving in an abusive or disruptive manner will have their training immediately terminated. They will be asked to leave the premises immediately and any incident may be reported to the police. No refund will be given for any remaining training.

Gift Vouchers

  1. Gift Vouchers issued by Academy Of Motorcycling are valid for a period of 6 months from the date of issue. The gift vouchers must be presented upon commencement of the training. Academy Of Motorcycling gift vouchers have a monetary value of £0.01 pence and cannot be exchanged or sold to a third party. No refunds for purchased gift vouchers will be given at any time. The purchaser of the gift voucher is responsible for ensuring the gift voucher recipient has all the necessary documentation required to undertake motorcycle training.

Valuables & Personal Property

  1. All personal property is left on site at the students own risk. Valuables and other items can be locked away in the instructor’s office / safe on request, however, we can not be held responsible for any loss.

Ancillary

  1. Academy Of Motorcycling reserves the right and at it’s discretion to refund the course fee in full, instead of providing training and/or testing.
  2. Academy Of Motorcycling reserves the right to vary or change these terms and conditions without prior notice. Each student on booking will be asked to read and agree to our current terms and conditions.
  3. Academy Of Motorcycling reserves the right to vary or change all training course prices without prior notice.
  4. Academy Of Motorcycling reserves the right to determine riding standards in all respects as criteria for submitting students for testing. Such criteria will be in accordance with regulations and guidance as issued by the DSA.
  5. Academy Of Motorcycling Terms and Conditions can & will change in response to market forces. We reserve the right to make any changes necessary to continue to operate effectively without prior notice. However, our terms and conditions will always be published on the web site and available to read at the office prior to any training. If you have any queries please contact us. 01449 775776

Privacy

  1. All information passed to the Academy Of Motorcycling will be treated as confidential. As such, no information will be shared with any other company or organisation. Certain information that may be seen to be relevant for future liaison with customers may be kept on record. Private information will be disposed of once no longer of use. All data held meets the requirements set down in the Data Protection Act.

THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS ARE IMPORTANT SO PLEASE TAKE TIME TO READ THEM. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE YOU UNDERSTAND OUR TERMS AND CONDITIONS PRIOR TO BOOKING.

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