New Motorcycle licence rules

New Motorcycle licence rules

If you don’t know already, the rules that surround the motorcycle licence actually changed this month. Though there is still a great deal of confusion circulating around Britain about what they actually mean and rather a lot of anger at the rules implications.

Although British Government actually voted against these rules for being too complicated, they have been imposed by the European union. The British Government believe that the rule do not achieve the objectives that they originally set out to achieve. Though they are not really as confusing as many are making out.

What must you do to be able to achieve a moped licence?

First and foremost, a Compulsory Basic Training course must be completed before you are even allowed to set wheel on the road. With this training along with a provisional license, you are able to then ride a moped, as long as it is defined as less than 50cc and can not exceed 28 miles per hour. Of course, the vehicle would have to be fitted with L plates.

Then if you are sixteen and want to get rid of the L plates, you must take a theory test and a two part practical test to be able to move up to the first of four full licences, known as AM. The practical test consists of Module 1, which is an off road manoeuvring test and then Module 2, which is an on road exam. At this age, you are still only able to ride mopeds, which are classed as rather dangerous on our roads as they are too slow to be able to move at normal speeds in traffic. This is one of the negatives, as it is strange that laws are allowing the most inexperienced and least mature to be able to ride them.

If you wait until the age of 17, even if this means that you have to ride a moped with L plates for a year, the A1 licence can then be achieved. With the Compulsory basic training and the theory already done, passing the two modules of practical entitles you with a licence to be able to ride any bike up to 125cc, without the L plates.