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UK Motorbike Legislation

UK Motorbike Legislation
The rules about the moped or motorcycle you use changed on 19 January 2013.

Motorcycle Licence Requirements
If you have a provisional motorcycle licence, you MUST satisfactorily complete a Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) course. You can then ride on the public road, with L plates for up to two years.

To obtain your full licence you MUST pass a motorcycle theory test and then a practical test.

If you have a full car licence you may ride motorcycles up to 125cc and 11kW power output, with L plates on public roads but you MUST first satisfactorily complete a CBT course if you have not already done so.

If you have a full moped licence and wish to obtain a full motorcycle entitlement, you will be required to take a motorcycle theory test if you did not take a seperate theory test when you obtained your moped licence. You MUST then pass a practical motorcycle test.Note that if a CBT was completed for the full moped licence there is no need to repeat it. However, if the moped test was taken before 1/12/90 then a CBT will need to be completed before riding a motorcycle as a learner.


Light motorcycle licence (A1)
You take a test on a motorcycle of between 120cc and 125cc which is capable of at least 55mph. When you pass you may ride a motorcycle up to 125cc with a power output up to 15bhp (11kW).

Standard motorcycle licence (A2)
You take a test on a motorcycle of at least 395cc which is between 33bhp (25kW) & 46.6bhp (35kW) with a power to weight ratio no more than 0.2kW/kg. When you pass you may ride a motorcycle up to or restricted to 46.6bhp (35kW).

Direct or Accelerated Access
You take a test on a motorcycle of at least 595cc with a power output of at least 54bhp (40kW). This enables riders over the age of 21, or those who reach 24 before their two-year restriction ends, to ride a larger motorcycle sooner.

2013 Motorcycle Licence Types