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 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