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so what can i ride ?

Licences issued before 19 January 2013

If you held a full motorcycle or moped licence before 19 January 2013 then you’ll keep your existing entitlements and can still ride the same kind of bikes as you did before.

However, if you get a new licence  your entitlements may be shown differently.

You’ll have to follow the frame work  if you want to get higher entitlements - eg ride a larger motorbike.

 

If you’re already licensed to ride a moped your driving licence will show as category P

The new rules won’t affect you, but any new licence's issued to you will show categories AM and Q, as well as category P. This means you will also be allowed to ride 2 or 3-wheeled mopeds with a top speed of 50 km/h.

Car driving test passed before 1 February 2001

You don’t need to take compulsory basic training (CBT) to ride a moped (50c)if you passed your car driving test before 1 February 2001. You’ll still need to complete CBT to ride a motorbike (over 50cc), however.

Car driving test passed on or after 1 February 2001

You need to take CBT to ride a moped if you passed your car driving test on or after 1 February 2001.However, you won’t need to take further theory and practical tests or take CBT again.


Bike categories, ages and licence requirements

Licence category Vehicles you can ride Requirements for licence Minimum age
AM Mopeds with speed range of 25 km/h to 45 km/h Compulsory basic training (CBT), theory test, practical test on all powered 2-wheeled moped 16
AM Small 3-wheelers (up to 50 cc and below 4 kW) CBT, theory test, practical test 16
AM Light quadricycles (weighing under 350 kg, top speed 45 km/h) CBT, theory test, practical test 16
Q Same as AM plus 2 or 3-wheeled mopeds with top speed of 25 km/h Granted with AM 16
A1 Light motorcycle up to 11 kW (and a power-to-weight ratio not more than 0.1 kW per kg) and 125 cc CBT, theory test, practical test 17
A1 Motor tricycles with a power output not more than 15 kW CBT, theory test, practical test 17
A2 Standard motorcycle up to 35 kW (and a power-to-weight ratio not more than 0.2 kW per kg), bike mustn’t be derived from vehicle more than twice its power Direct access route - theory and practical

Progressive access route - 2 years experience on A1 motorbike and a further practical test
19
A Unrestricted motorcycles in size/power, with or without a sidecar, and motor tricycles with power output over 15 kW Direct access route - CBT theory and practical (you must be at least 24)

Progressive access route - held an A2 licence for a minimum of 2 years - practical test (21 or over)
24 (direct) or 21 (progressive access

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