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19th Jan 2013 The New Categories
New rules for riders from 19 January 2013
Details of a new motorcycle licensing regime to be implemented next year have been confirmed by the Driving Standards Agency.
The new rules will limit all riders under 19 to 125cc machines and under-21s to 47bhp.
Those aged 17-19 will only be able to gain a licence for a machine up to 125cc and 15bhp by taking a test on a bike of similar spec.
At 19 they can qualify for a bike up to 47bhp by doing another test or undertaking additional training. This must be done on a machine over 395cc and between 33bhp and 47bhp.
They then face a further two-year wait – and yet another test or further training – before they can qualify to ride a bike of any power.
Alternatively, people over 24 can take a single Direct Access test to immediately qualify for bikes of any power. This test must be taken on a machine of at least 595cc and 54bhp.
Each step-up in power will involve a further test or training. A DSA release said: ‘The feasibility of the training option is currently being looked into; a final decision is yet to be made.’
The new regime is due to be implemented from January 19 next year.
It means 17-year-olds will face three exams or training sessions over a minimum of four years before the can ride an unlimited bike.
At the moment there are two routes to a full motorcycle licence without power restrictions. Riders can either do their test on a 125 and spend two years restricted to 33bhp or, if over 21, they can do the Direct Access test on a machine of at least 47bhp and bypass the wait.
Article from http://www.motorcyclenews.com
DSA guide to ages for the new Driving Licence rules from January 2013
Category & moped/motorcycle to be used on test minimum age What’s required to gain access to category
AM – Two-wheel machine with:• cubic capacity of 50cc or less• maximum design speed not exceeding 45km/h (28mph) age 16 must hold a CBT theory and practical test
A1 – Motorcycle without sidecar with: • cubic capacity of at least 120cc and no more than 125cc• power output not exceeding 11kW (14.6bhp)• capable of a speed of at least 90km/h (55mph) age 17 must hold a CBT theory and practical test
A2 – Motorcycle without sidecar with: • cubic capacity of at least 395cc• engine power of at least 25kW (33bhp) not exceeding 35kW (46.6bhp)• power to weight ratio not exceeding 0.2kW/kg not derived from a vehicle more than double its power age 19 Progressive Access must have held an A1 licence for a minimum of two years: take either a practical test or *training option Or must hold a valid CBT and theory test certificate and take practical test
A – Motorcycle without a sidecar with: • cubic capacity of at least 595cc• engine power of at least 40kW (53.6bhp) age 21 Progressive Access must have held an A2 for a minimum of two years: take either a practical test or *training option
A – Motorcycle without a sidecar with: • cubic capacity of at least 595cc• engine power of at least 40kW (53.6bhp) age 24 Direct Access Hold a valid CBT and theory test certificate and practical test
Motorcycle candidates must always have a valid theory test certificate before taking their first practical motorcycle test. Unless they take the progressive access route, they must have a valid theory test certificate before taking any further practical motorcycle tests. A three-wheeled moped or motorcycle is only suitable for test if the distance measured between the centre of the area of contact with the road surface of the two wheels is less than 460mm (46cm). It’s likely that these vehicles won’t be suitable for test from 19 January 2013
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