03/11/2012 at 10:35 AM #9897Rob1965Keymaster
2013 Motorcycle Licence Changes
From the 19th January 2013 the routes to getting your Motorcycle Licence in the UK will change, this official post about the 2013 Motorcycle Licence changes is a bit clunky and written in a technical way which doesn’t give the clearest answers.
So what changes on the Motorcycle Test in 2013?
This article looks to explain these changes in as simple terms as possible.
The E.U. third directive (2006/126/EC) comes into action in the UK from the 19th of January 2013. Getting your licence will become a more staged process, especially for younger riders.
The main changes are:
No Direct Access option until you are 24 years old. Below this age you will be limited to the motorcycles you will be able to ride. You will have to go through ‘Progressive Access’.
No automatic upgrade for the A2 licence to an unrestricted licence after two years. You now need to sit another test to lift the restrictions. You will also need to ride a 395cc motorcycle to gain an A2 licence, not a 125cc as you are previously available.
Category P will now change in name to become category AM
Taking the New Motorcycle Test 2013
A1. Age: 17+ years
Take your test on a learner legal 125cc motorcycle. Pass this and you can ride up to a 125cc motorcycle.
Wait 2 years or until you reach 19 years of age where you can either stay on the 125cc bike or take training and the next stage of test (A2).
So anyone aged between 17 and 18 years old from 19th January 2013 can take the test on a 125cc and that’s what you are limited to until the age of 19, when you can train and take the next test A2 if you wish to progress to higher powered motorcycles. You can also choose to stick with the restricted 125cc licence.
A2. Age: 19+ years
Take and Pass your test on a 400cc or restricted motorcycle (min 395cc – between 33 Bhp and 46.6 Bhp) and you can ride a bike up to 46.6 Bhp. There are conditions on which motorcycles you can restrict. The motorcycle has to have been declared by the manufacturer as less than 92 Bhp.
So you can’t go and pickup a cheap sports bike and restrict it, a bit of thinking and research is required you will typically be choosing a motorcycle that is lower than 600cc and paying for the restriction.
You will now have to wait minimum of 2 years to qualify for progression to the A motorcycle test, earliest possible age is 21 if you passed on your 19th birthday. Or if you took the test later you are able to take the test at 24 years old.
Again you can continue to ride your restricted motorcycle on this licence or progress to the next stage and complete training and the practical motorcycle test A.
A. Age: 24+ years: You can take your test on a 600cc motorcycle
Pass your A Motorcycle test on a 600cc motorcycle and have an unrestricted motorcycle licence.
WOW – Basically if you are in a position to take your test before 19th January 2013 do it.
The new tests require you to either by 24+ years old or to do multiple tests to ride a motorcycle of any size19/01/2013 at 2:07 PM #10405Rob1965Keymaster
OK so the fleet is now ready for January 19th, Cat A we are using Kawasaki ER6 for the 24 and over…Cat A2 we are using the Kawasaki ER5 Restricted for the 19 and over and Cat A1 we are using the Honda CG for the 17 and over… So for the very best in Motorbike Training in Manchester visit http://www.rjhgroup.co.uk
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