The rules for motorcycle and moped licences will change from 19 January 2013.How this will affect you depends on whether you’re a new rider after the rules take effect or an existing rider.

New drivers

If you’re a new rider and pass your test on or after 19 January 2013 you’ll be affected by the new rules.

You’re allowed to ride any vehicle listed across from your licence category.

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 16
AM Small three-wheelers (up to 50 cc and below 4 Kilowatt) Compulsory basic training (CBT), theory test, practical test 16
AM Light quadricycles (weighing under 350 kg, top speed 45 km/h) Compulsory basic training (CBT), theory test, practical test 16
Q Same as AM plus 2 or 3 wheeled mopeds with top speed of 25 km/h Same as AM 16
A1 Small motorcycles up to 11 kW (and a power-to-weight ratio not more than 0.1 kW per kg) and 125 cc Theory test, practical test 17
A1 Motor tricycles with a power output not more than 15 kW Theory test, practical test 17
A2 Medium motorcycles 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 – theory and practical;staged access – two years experience on A1 motorcycle and a further practical test 19
A Motorcycles unlimited in size/power, with or without a sidecar, and motor tricycles with power output over 15 kW Direct access – theory and practical tests (you must be 24 unless you have 2 years experience on an A2 motorcycle);staged access – a further practical test only if you have 2 years A2 experience and are 21 or older 24 (direct) or 21 (staged)

Riders holding a licence before 19 January 2013

Mopeds

If you’re already licensed to ride a moped your driving licence will show a category P. The new rules won’t affect you, but any new licences issued to you will show categories Q and AM in the table above, plus category P, which will also allow you to ride two- or three-wheeled mopeds with a top speed of 50 km/h.

Motorcycles or tricycles

If you’re already licensed to ride a motorcycle or tricycle, your licence should show categories B1 (trikes and quads) and B (cars). When you renew or replace your licence after 19 January 2013 it will show categories B1 and A (limited to tricycles).

Tests for mopeds with three or four wheels, A1 tricycles and A tricycles will only be offered to the physically disabled.

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