What You Need To Do After Your Motorcycle TrainingPublished 27/07/2020All learner motorcycle riders must complete their Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) before being allowed to ride unaccompanied on public roads. The CBT allows a 16-year-old to ride a moped up to 50cc and a person over the age of 17 to ride a 125cc motorcycle with the restrictions that the rider won’t ride on the motorway, won’t carry passengers, and always displays “L” plates. However, your CBT certificate is valid only for 2 years.
Within those two years the rider can build up their skills to be able to take a test and ride a heavier, more powerful motorcycle. You could even take an advanced riding course such as DVSA Enhanced Rider Scheme training. Within those 2 years you must pass your full motorcycle test and theory test, or you will have to retake your CBT again if you wish to continue riding as a learner. Otherwise, you can be fined and get penalty points.
Which Motorcycle Licence You Should Get After Doing Your CBT?
AM Motorcycle Licence
If you are aged 16 years or over, after completing your CBT you will be granted a provisional licence with the category AM, entitling you to ride a moped, scooter or motorcycle as a learner displaying L-plates. If you want to ditch the L-plates and carry passengers, you will need to pass your theory test and moped test Module 1 and 2. You would then be able to ride without L-plates on a moped up to 50cc with a top speed of 45 km/h (28mph) and can carry a passenger. You still won’t be allowed to ride on motorways.
A1 Motorcycle Licence
The category A1 covers small motorcycles up to a maximum of 125cc (with maximum power of 11 KW). To complete the A1 motorcycle licence you need to have a UK Provisional Driving Licence, be at least 17 year old, have completed your CBT and motorcycle theory test. Then you can take the Module 1 and Module 2 for the category A1 licence entitlement. Once you have passed the practical test you can remove your L-plates, carry passengers and go on motorways in motorcycles up to 125cc.
A2 Motorcycle Licence
To get the A2 licence you must be at least 19 years old. After completing your CBT and motorcycle theory test, you can take the Module 1 and Module 2 for the A2 licence entitlement. Once you have your A2 licence, you are permitted to ride any sized motorcycle, but the power output of your motorbike must not exceed 35kw. There are two ways to qualify for an A2 licence:
A Motorcycle Licence
- Progressive Access – if you have held an A1 licence for 2 years, you can take the riding test for category A2.
- Direct Access – once you have completed your CBT, passed your theory and completed the Direct Access Scheme training, you can then take the relevant tests for the A2 category.
From the age of 21, you can get a motorcycle licence for category A which entitles you to ride any motorbike of any size and power. As with the A2 licence, there are two routes to get an A licence:
- Progressive Access – you can obtain entitlement to category A from aged 21 years, provided you have a minimum of two years' experience on a category A2 motorcycle with a full licence and pass the category A practical motorcycle tests.
- Direct Access - once you have completed your CBT, passed your theory and completed the Direct Access Scheme training, you can then take the relevant tests for the A category. For direct access, you will need to be at least 24 years of age.
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