The New Categories 2013

New rules for riders from 19 January 2013

The new rules will limit all riders under 19 to 125cc machines and under-21s to 47bhp.

Category A1  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.

Category A2  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 – before they can qualify to ride a bike of any power.

Category A  Those 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.

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)

16

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)

17

CBT theory and practical test
A2 – Motorcycle without sidecar with:• cubic capacity of at least 395cc• engine power of at least 25kW (33bhp) not exceeding35kW (46.6bhp)• power to weight ratio not exceeding 0.2kW/kg not derived from avehicle more than double its power

19

Progressive Access must have held an A1 licence for a minimum of two years: take either apractical test or *training optionOr must hold a valid CBT and theory test certificate and take practicaltest
A – Motorcycle without a sidecar with:• cubic capacity of at least 595cc• engine power of at least 40kW (53.6bhp)

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)

24

Direct AccessHold 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.

Learn more: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring/LearnerAndNewDrivers/RidingMotorcyclesAndMopeds/index.htm