In 1993, Essential Driver Training and its motorcycle division Fast Trak opened in a tiny two room craft centre in the north of Shrewsbury.  Almost thirty years later and we are still going from strength to strength.

Our core business in earnings capability is trucks and haulage but our hearts are in motorbikes. 

Every member of our staff is an enthusiastic biker and most are qualified instructors. But many of them also drive lorries and of course we all drive cars too. We train on bikes, we tour on bikes and we race bikes. We have staff who slide around speedway tracks and we have staff who organise and lead tours around Europe and the United States.  If you do something on a bike that we don't, it's probably illegal and you should be sent to prison.

If you want to learn to ride, well, here we are. Without doubt the longest serving bike trainers in the county. The first in the UK to have powers delegated by the DVSA to certify advanced bike instructors and, as far as we know the only people who can teach you to ride, teach you to instruct, take you round Oulton Park, the Nurburgring and the Grand Canyon and to Top Gun in Nevada.

A short time ago we managed to secure additional training areas whilst also extending our truck and car contracts. We are still on target to open our motorcycle touring centre in Spain, aiming for late 2022 for our first tours from our own centre. 

At the advent of the Driver CPC in 2008 we moved heavily into the PCV and LGV area and grew into what would become our largest division, that is everything transport and logistics.

Our commercial department offers courses for the Operator CPC, often known as the Transport Manager qualification, Driver CPC, driver training, in house assessor courses, a tachograph bureau, and much much more. Not least of which we offer a consultancy service to hauliers who need help with compliance or who find themselves appearing at a Traffic Commissioner Public Inquiry.       

In January 2021 we added a cafeteria based on a Route 66 Diner in Williams, Arizona to our portfolio. Whilst we welcome bikers to our Diner we are not what you might call a "biker's cafe" and most of our customers come from local businesses. A full menu can be found on our Facebook Fast Trak DIner and everyone is welcome. 

So, if you are a biker with no mates, or a car driver or lorry driver, why not just pop in for a coffee and a chat. Some of our staff will be just like you.

Whatever you need in transport you can probably find it here. If you can't it's probably not worth thinking about. 

David Palmer

Director of Training