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Law

The law for moyorcycle licences has changed since 19th January 2013. The tests remain the same, but the new licence categories are as follows:

Category A1 (small motorcycles up to 11kw - 125cc)

Category A1 covers small motorcycles with:

  • a cylinder capacity not more than 125cc
  • power output not more than 11kW and a power/weight ratio not exceeding 0.1kW/kg
  • motor tricycles with a power not exceeding 15kW
  • The minimum age for A1 remains at 17 years.

Category A2 (medium motorcycles up to 35kW)

Category A2 covers medium sized motorcycles, with or without a sidecar, which have:

  • an engine power output up to 35kW
  • a power/weight ratio not exceeding 0.2kW/kg - the motorcycle must not be derived from a machine of more than double its power
  • The minimum age for A2 is 19 years.

There are two routes to get this motorcycle entitlement:

Progressive access: if you have a minimum of two years' experience on a category A1 motorcycle with a full licence, you can take the category A2 motorcycle test.

Direct access: you must be aged 19 years or over, hold a valid CBT certificate and pass the theory and practical category A2 motorcycle tests

Category A

Category A covers unrestricted motorcycles above 35kW and includes tricycles over 15kW. There are two routes to get this motorcycle entitlement:

Progressive access: you can get this category from aged 21 years, provided you have a minimum of two years' experience on a category A2 motorcycle with a full licence and pass the category A practical motorcycle tests

Direct access: you must be at least 24 years old, have a valid CBT certificate (only if you do not have full entitlement to A1 or A2) and pass the theory and category A practical motorcycle tests

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