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UK Driving Licence rules for motorcyclists changed on 19th January 2013, effecting younger learner motorcyclists wanting get a full UK bike licence, and what size motorbikes they are able to ride.
16+ AND 17+ Riding on L-Plates?
The days of just sticking L-plates onto a 50cc moped at 16 years old or onto a 125cc or even 250cc at 17 years old and riding away are long gone, thanks to the introduction
of the 'CBT' (Compulsory Basic Training) in 1990.
Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) remains a requirement for any learner motorcyclist
wishing to ride a moped (up to 50cc) at 16+ or a motorcycle (up to 125cc) at 17+ on the road with l-plates. A CBT certificate lasts for 2 years.
There are restrictions on learner moped and motorcycle riders, the main one being that they are NOT allowed to carry passengers.
Motorcycling on a new full UK licence from January 19th 2013
The most significant changes are for younger bike riders, particularly those hoping to get onto a large machine at a young age.
It is now no longer possible for a young rider to progress to an unlimited capacity/power machine until they are at least 21 following a staggered progression and having taken 3 practical motorcycle tests (one at 17, one at 19 and one at 21)!
Before the licence changes came into effect on 19th January 2013, someone passing their bike test at 17 would be have been able to ride any capacity or power machine at 19 years old after riding for 2 years on a machine with a maximum power of 33bhp.
Direct Access -minimum age rise:
Before the licence changes on 19th January 2013, someone wanting to get an unrestricted licence to ride any capacity or power of motorbike straight away could do so at the age of 21 after taking a CBT, theory test, and a practical test on a medium capacity machine, usually at the end of a Direct Access course.
From 19th January 2013 the rules changed making this impossible for people under 24 years of age.