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New motorcycle tests for January 2013

New motorcycle tests for January 2013

Postby Rob1965 » Fri Jul 20, 2012 7:02 pm

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.

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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

Your choices 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.
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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 + [/b
]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.
[b]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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Re: New motorcycle tests for January 2013

Postby Rob1965 » Sun Sep 02, 2012 7:34 pm

Changes to rules for motorcycles used for riding tests
The European Union Commission is to introduce new rules for motorcycles that can be used on test. They are due to come into effect at the end of 2013.

An amendment to the Third Driving Licence Directive will change the existing criteria. (Further details)

For Category A it increases engine power from 40kW (approx 54 bhp) to 50 kW (approx 67 bhp). It also includes a minimum weight of 180 kg unladen mass weight. We understand from the Commission that this means “kerb weight”. The change means that the range of motorcycles available will reduce. We estimate that around 10% of vehicles listed against the existing Third Driving Licence Directive minimum test vehicle (MTV) requirements for Category A will be affected.

We did not support this change at such a late stage and raised concerns about the impact this would have on the industry. However, we were in the minority seeking a longer period for implementation from the Commission, and we have not been able to secure any longer period than the end of 2013.

It is still possible the Commission’s plans will change as they are subject to EU Council and European Parliament approval.

The changes to the rules decrease the minimum kW output for A2 motorcycles from 25kW (approx 33.5 bph) to 20 KW (approx 27bph) which will increase the range of motorcycles available. The earliest these changes will come into effect will also be the end of 2013. So there will be a period when the more restrictive provisions of the original directive (for example the 25kW minimum engine power for medium sized motorcycles) take effect before the amendments are put in place.

In summary:

the rules for categories A2 and A have been updated to confirm the 5cc tolerance on engine capacity
a power to weight ratio (as distinct from engine displacement) to cater for electric motorcycles is included; and
a change to the minimum engine power (kW) for medium sized motorcycles (Category A2) with a decrease from 25 kW to 20kW;and
a change for the largest of motorcycles (Category A) with an increase from 40kW to 50 kW. For Category A, the directive also includes a minimum weight of 180 kg unladen mass weight)
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