Mopeds & Motorcycles
Riding a moped
To ride a moped as a learner you must:
- Be at least 16 years old
- Have applied for and received your Provisional Licence
- Have completed a Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) course
- Have a vehicle which is taxed / insured / roadworthy.
Before completing the CBT you may only ride on a road under the
supervision of an approved instructor as part of the CBT
You can apply for a provisional licence 3 months before your
16th birthday, but it does not come into effect until you are
Riding a motorcycle
If you have a provisional motorcycle licence you must complete
a CBT. This means that you can then ride on the road with
L plates for up to 2 years, or D plates in Wales.
To obtain a full motorcycle licence you must pass a motorcycle
theory test and a practical test.
If you have a full car licence and you passed your test after 01
Feb 2001 then you must;
- take a CBT test and obtain a DL 196 certificate in order to
ride a moped
- You must be 17 years old
- You may ride motorcycles up to 125cc and 11kw output displaying
L plates (D plates in Wales) but you must have passed a CBT
Completing a CBT
If you successfully complete a CBT course you will get a
training certificate (DL196). You can find Motorcycle Training
centres by looking in a directory like Yell or Thomson local, or asking at your
local motorcycle shop.
The certificate is valid for two years and allows you to take
your moped on the road.
When you go on to take your practical test you will need to show
the examiner your training certificate.