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Motorcycle Licence Law and Licence Type Information (UK)

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There are three main categories of motorcycle licence, which are the  A1 Licence, A2 Licence, and the full A Licence. There is also an AM licence category for scooters and mopeds. These three new motorcycle licence categories are mostly based on the rider's age, with a strict time limit in place, wthin which the rider must pass the related test , or re-apply for the motorcycle licence in that category.

The rules ensure that all riders make progress through the different motorcycle licences, spending a minimum of two years within the 'A2' and 'A1' licence categories before being allowed to take the test for the full and unlimited 'A' licence.

The UK also operates a 'Direct Access', also known as DAS,  route that allows riders of at least 24 years of age to move straight passed the 'A1' and 'A2' licences, and go directly for the full 'A' licence.

Details of the different motorcycle licence types are below:

AM Motorcycle Licence Law and Information

AM Motorcycle Licence

Scooters
Category AM driving licenses are issued to those who have passed compulsory basic training (CBT) and the  theory test. The minimum age for an AM licence is 16 years.

'AM' Licence summary
* Scooters and mopeds up to 50cc
* Maximum design speed not exceeding 45 km/h
* Minimum age is 16 years
A1 Motorcycle Licence Law and Information

A1 Motorcycle Licence

Category A1 driving licenses are issued to those  who have passed compulsory basic training (CBT) and the theory test. The minimum age for an A1 licence is 17 years.

'A1' Licence summary
* Motorcycles not exceeding 125cc
* Max power 11kW
* Max power to weight ratio of 0.1 kW/kg
* Minimum age is 17 years

The A1 licence will not automatically convert into an A2 licence after two years. You will be required to apply for the Category A2 licence.

A2 Motorcycle Licence Law and Information

A2 Motorcycle Licence

Category A2 driving licences are issued to applicants who have already acquired a minimum of 2 years’ experience on a motorcycle in category A1. (The minimum age for an A2 licence is 19).

When you upgrade from an A1 licence to an A2 licence you will not be required to re-take your compulsory basic training (CBT) and theory test.

'A2' Licence summary
* Motorcycles not exceeding 35kW
* Minimum 2 years' experience as an A1 licence holder
* Power to weight not exceeding 0.2 kW/kg
* Not derived from a vehicle of more than double its power
* Minimum age is 19 years

The A2 licence will not automatically convert into a Category A licence after two years. You will be required to apply for a Category A licence.

Full A Motorcycle Licence Law and Motorbike Information

A Motorcycle Licence

Category A driving licences are issued to applicants who have already acquired a minimum of 2 years’ experience on a motorcycle in category A2. (The minimum age for an A licence is 21 years ).

When you upgrade from an A2 licence to an A licence you will not be required to re-take your compulsory basic training and theory test.

Please also note that riders with a minimum age of 24 years may be permitted to apply directly for an A licence. These 'Direct Access' (DAS) riders will be required to pass compulsory basic training (CBT) and a theory test.

'A' Licence summary
* Any motorcycle, no cc or power limit
* Minimum 2 years' experience as an A1 licence holder
* Minimum age 21 years if upgrading from an A2 licence, with a minimum of 2 years experience)
* OR minimum age 24 years for 'Direct Access'. (Please note that 'Direct Access' riders will be required to pass compulsory basic training and a theory test.)

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  • NewBikerGP
    NewBikerGP Monday, 16 May 2016 · Delete

    Great info Whichbike - nice one.

    well confusing tho-bloody government bolox:)

  • leftturnclyde
    leftturnclyde Wednesday, 18 May 2016 · Delete

    ha, a lot easier in my day!!:o

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