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New driving licence rules for mopeds, motorcycles and tricycles


New driving licence rules for motorcyclists and moped riders come into force on 19 January 2013. The new rules will affect you if you pass your test after this date, or you apply to renew or replace your driving licence. Find out how these changes could affect you.
Existing driving licence holders with moped entitlement

Existing entitlements


Driving entitlements gained before 19 January 2013 won't be affected
If you already have the entitlement to ride a moped - you won't lose it. Currently your entitlement is shown on your driving licence as category P and covers you to ride mopeds with:
  • an engine size up to 50 cylinder capacity (cc)
  • a maximum speed up to 50 kilometres per hour (km/h)
From 19 January 2013, new European rules will apply. You won't lose your entitlement but it will show differently on any driving licences issued to you from that date.
Your entitlement will show as:
  • category AM (the European category) - lets you ride mopeds with a maximum design speed over 25 km/h but not more than 45 km/h, small three wheelers (up to 50 cc and below 4 Kilowatt (kW)), and light quadricycles (unladen mass less than 350 kilograms (kg) and up to 45 km/h)
  • category P - extending the above to include two or three wheeled mopeds with a higher maximum speed of up to 50 km/h (to retain your existing entitlement)
  • category Q - extending the above to include two or three wheeled mopeds with a maximum speed up to 25 km/h (to retain your existing entitlement)
You won't need to do anything – your existing entitlement is still valid.
Existing motorcycle or tricycle riders

If you already have motorcycle entitlement, it won't change under the new rules. However, if you want to ride bigger bikes, you'll need to follow the rules for new riders below.
Your entitlement to ride tricycles is currently shown on your licence as category B1 (trikes and quads) or B (cars). When you replace or renew your licence after 19 January 2013, it will be shown as B1 and A (limited to tricycles).
New riders from 19 January 2013

From 19 January 2013, the following new rules will apply.
Passing your driving test for a moped after 19 January 2013
The minimum age to ride these vehicles will still be 16 years, and you’ll still need to pass your:
  • compulsory basic training (CBT)
  • theory test
  • practical test
Once you've passed your tests, your entitlement will be shown on your driving licence as:
  • category AM (the European category)
  • category Q
If you choose to pass another test first, such as cars or light motorcycles, you'll receive the entitlement to drive mopeds as well. However, you will need to pass your CBT to ride them on the road (as now). Your moped entitlement will be shown as above (categories AM and Q).
Category A1 (small motorcycles up to 125 cc)

Category A1 covers small bikes with:
  • a cylinder capacity not more than 125 cc
  • power output not more than 11 kW and a power to weight ratio not more than 0.1 kW per kg
  • motor tricycles with a power output not more than 15 kW
The minimum age limit for category A1 will still be 17 years.
You'll have to pass theory and practical driving tests to get this entitlement.
Category A2 (medium motorcycles up to 35 kW)

Category A2 covers medium sized bikes, with or without a sidecar, which have:
  • an engine power output not more than 35 kW
  • a power to weight ratio not more than 0.2 kW per kg - the bike must also not be derived from a vehicle of more than double its power
The minimum age for category A2 is 19 years.
There are two ways to get this entitlement.
Direct access

If you you're aged 19 or over, you can take a theory and a practical test.
Staged access

If you're aged 19 or over and you have two years' experience on an A1 motorcycle, you can take the practical test.
Category A

Category A covers machines unlimited in size and power, with or without a sidecar, and motor tricycles with a power output of more than 15 kW. There are two ways to get this entitlement.
Direct access

If you don't have two years' experience, you'll have to be aged 24 years or over. You'll also need to pass the theory and practical tests.
Staged access

You can get this category from age 21 if you have two years' experience on an A2 motorcycle and you pass a further practical test.
Tricycles

You'll need to follow the same rules if you want to ride a tricycle that falls within these categories.
Please note that tests for mopeds with three or four wheels, A1 tricycles and A tricycles will only be offered to the physically disabled
 

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Whereis this from?
Isit now official?
 

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Category A2 (medium motorcycles up to 35 kW)

Category A2 covers medium sized bikes, with or without a sidecar, which have:
  • an engine power output not more than 35 kW
  • a power to weight ratio not more than 0.2 kW per kg - the bike must also not be derived from a vehicle of more than double its power
I'd love to hear everyone else's take on this, specifically the last line.
To me it says no restricted big bikes, and no restricted 2-strokes...?

Also, given that Mopeds are currently restricted to 31mph, why the fuck have they gone even slower and made it 28mph?! As if 31 wasn't dangerous enough...
 

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dont get its really fooking baffled me??? next year jan id still be 19 what would i fall into? more of a reason to pass this yr
 

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dont get its really fooking baffled me??? next year jan id still be 19 what would i fall into? more of a reason to pass this yr
A2 than A after 2years
 

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to get onto an unrestricted bike without doing your DAS, you need two years on a 125 (A1), then take another practical test and get an A2 license, then another test.
 

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anyone pass there test now until 2013
would be under the old law ?
 

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OOOOH.

It means, you can't restrict BIG bikes!!!

Meaning, the restriction is 48bhp I believe (right?) meaning that you can't restrict any bike which puts out more than 100bhp ish.
Meaning no restricted 600cc sports bikes!

generally, it will means either get a 600 commuter, or a 400 or 500cc :S

Now THAT will sting a bit for new people passing their test!
 
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Hopefully have it done in next couple of months then no worries... I do think it makes sense the way they are making the new laws.

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Thought I'd return to this as more and more of you are passing and making me want to do it sooner.

I'm now 22, my CBT runs out Aug 2014 but I'm 24 in Oct 2014.

Now thinking of doing A2 next year, possibly April time when I get my holiday allowance again (and saved money!).

This is on the place were ill probably do it:

Category A2 – these will be mid range, fairly capable machines. It can be seen from the tables (page 1) that no cc limit is specified which will make it very difficult for police and insurers to assure themselves that the rider is riding legally. I.e. Motorcycles of a power not exceeding 35kW (47 bhp) and with a
power/weight ratio not exceeding 0.2 kW/kg and not derived from a vehicle more than double its power’. Currently there are very few motorcycles meeting this specification.It is possible to enter the licensing system via Direct Access at this point once a rider has reached 19 years old. This may tempt more young people into motorcycling as A2 machines are likely to be more attractive to them than the smaller A1 machines If a rider takes and passes a test on an A2 machine they may, after 2 years experience, upgrade to a full Category A motorcycle licence, but only by passing a test again or completing a 7 hour training course (if the UK decides to make the training option available, otherwise a complete test must be taken). This so called progressive access route, will be the only way to gain the full category A motorcycle licence at 21.

My question is where can I find out what bikes CAN be restricted to this new law for the 2 years?

And...

Has or will the UK introduced this '7 hour training course'?
 

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no more 2year
just do DAS
 

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You will just have to look at the specs of the bikes you are looking to buy.
There are very few bikes that are made specifically for the 48bhp law.

I think this will be an entirely different discussion. I will start a separate thread.
 
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