The Law

This is the new legislation from 19th January 2013

You must first take CBT and hold a Certificate of Completion (DL196) if you are:

1. Aged 16 years and upwards, hold a Provisional Licence and want to ride a moped (up to 50cc and a maximum design speed of 28mph). You must still display ‘L’ plates and all learner restrictions apply.
2. Aged 17 years and upwards, hold a Provisional Licence or a Full Car Licence, and want to ride a motorcycle up to 125cc with maximum power of 14.5bhp. You must display ‘L’ plates and all learner restrictions apply.
3. A new Full Car Licence holder having passed the car test after 1st February 2001 and want to ride a moped. (Full Car Licence holders who passed the test before 1st February 2001 may ride a moped without taking CBT and need not display ‘L’
plates)
4. Considering taking a Full Licence test.

Note for Provisional Licence holders:

If you are aged 17 or over, please check that your licence includes Category ‘A’ entitlement if you want to ride up to a 125cc machine. Before attending the Practical element of the test you must first pass the motorcycle Theory Test.

If you are:

Aged 17-19 you may only take your test on a machine up to 125cc (14.5bhp) which will allow you to ride a 125cc (14.5bhp) machine without ‘L’ plates until you are 19 years old. Those wishing to upgrade to the next licence (category A2 up to 46.6bhp) may do so when reaching the age of 19 after taking a further test.

Aged 19-23 you may take your test on a machine between 33 and 47 bhp which will allow you to ride up to 47bhp without ‘L’ plates (A2 licence). Those wishing to upgrade to an unlimited licence (A) may do so after taking a further test either upon reaching the age of 24 or after having held an A2 Licence for two years.

Aged 24+ you may take Direct Access on a 600cc+ machine to gain an unlimited (A) licence

Important:

Please be aware that since 1st February 2001 all licence holders must take the Theory Test before being allowed to take the Practical element. We are happy to arrange your Theory Test for you as part of your course. If you book your own Theory Test it is important that you ask for a Motorcycle Theory Test.