New motorcycle tests set for January 2013


New motorcycle test for 2013

It's all change in the law for learners wanting to get onto a motorcycle. In January 2013 the motorcycle licence is set for a full shake up due to the EC 3rd Driving Licence Directive. There is no way out and the wheels are in motion and unstoppable - the way you get a licence, the restrictions and the costs are all set for this new legislation.

So - what's the deal?

Your choices currently for 2012
Process = Motorcycle theory test, CBT, Module 1, Module 2

  • At age 17+: You can take your test on a learner 125cc bike
    • Pass and you can ride any bike you like restricted to 33 bhp for 2 years then automatically your licence upgrades to ride any bike you like.
  • At age 21+: Take Direct Access using 600 or 500cc bike
    • Pass and you can ride any motorcycle, any size, any power

LAW CHANGES 19/1/2013

Options from 19th January 2013
Process = Motorcycle theory test, CBT, Module 1, Module 2

  • A1. At age 17+: You can take your test on a learner 125cc bike
    • Pass this and you can just ride a 125cc - nothing above! You now have to wait for 2 years or until you reach 19 years of age where you can either stay on just the 125cc bike or take training and the next stage of test (A2):
  • A2. At age 19+: You can take your test on a 400cc learner bike
    • Pass this and you can ride a bike up to 46.6 Bhp. You can restrict any motorcycle to this power so long as the original manufacturer's declared output was less than 92 Bhp. Large bikes such as Honda CBR1000, Suzuki GSX1000, Triumph Sprint etc. are not allowed. Now wait a minimum of 2 years to qualify for the next test, or reach the right age bracket. You can now choose to stay on your restricted bike or take training and test in the next stage of test (A):
  • A. At 24: You can take your test on a 600cc motorcycle
    • Pass this test and you can ride any bike, any size, any power.

REASONS TO TAKE YOU TEST NOW!

There is an end to the ability for younger riders (17 to 23) to get on a larger bike. There also is an end to automatic progression by waiting two years from passing the 125cc test. Riders aged 17 to 18 will only be able to ride 125cc machines and riders aged 19 to 23 will be restricted to lower powered bikes. If you are aged 21 to 23 and wanted to take Direct Access then this will no longer be possible.

Younger riders will find they have to take three sets of tests and wait 4 years until they get a chance to ride an unrestricted motorcycle.
Riders aged 24 or older will find that the costs of training and test will rise as the EU requires us to purchase many more types of motorcycles and much more powerful ones for the new 2013 version of Direct Access.


Summary Table

Age 17 to 20

2012

Currently at age 17 plus you can take your test on a 125cc bike. Pass and then have a reasonably powered bike (any motorcycle restricted to 33bhp) then just wait 2 years and you automatically get a full licence for any bike.

Age 21 +

2012

You can take your test on a 500/600cc bike and then have a licence for any bike, any power any size.

Alternatively - You could also still take the 125cc test shown above on a 125cc and have the restriction for 2 years then automatically get the full unrestricted licence too.

Age 17 or 18

2013

From 19th January 2013. You can take your test now on a 125cc and that's what you are limited to until the age of 19, when you can train and take another test if you choose - otherwise restricted permanently to 125cc. There is no automatic progression!

Age 19 to 23

2013

From 19th January 2013. You may take your test now on a 400cc or restricted bike (min 395cc - between 33 Bhp and 46.6 Bhp). When you pass then you can ride a restricted motorcycle producing no more than 46.6 Bhp Eg. older Kawasaki ER500 or a middleweight bike that has been professionally restricted. NOT however large bikes that originally produce more than 92 Bhp - this means pretty much everything over 600cc is excluded from you that is a modern sports bike or sports tourer. Also the power to weight ratio is set at a maximum of 0.2 Kw/Kg - this means light or smaller cc sports bikes are not allowed too.

Now wait 2 years or until you are 24 when you can train and take another test if you choose. There is no automatic progression!

Age 24 or older

2013

From 19th January 2013 you may take training and pass your test on a 600cc plus motorcycle that produces at least 53.6 Bhp (much more powerful than the minimum today). Pass your test on this and you have a licence for any motorcycle, any size, any power.

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