Riding a Motorcycle

The legal requirements of riding a motorcycle

The legal requirements of riding a motorcycle, outlined by age for our current and potential students at Cardiff Motorcycle School.

Riding a motorcycle at 16 years old

You can hold a provisional licence if you are at least sixteen. It entitles you to ride a moped (50cc) on the road as a learner with L plates. You must not carry passengers or use motorways and display L plates front and rear.

Your provisional licence is only valid while you hold a current CBT certificate (DL196) to show you have completed compulsory basic training (CBT) course. The CBT certificate is valid for two years from the date of issue.

If you have taken your CBT on a moped (this is category AM on your licence) it is also valid for motorcycles (this is category A on your licence) as long as you are seventeen and have the category A on your licence.

If you also take your theory and the two part test on your moped you will be allowed to take passengers and take the L plates off, but you will not be allowed to ride more than a moped.
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Riding a motorcycle at 16 years old
If you would like more information on the legal requirements of riding a motorcycle, call Cardiff Motorcycle School.
029 2039 0329 or 0800 389 4358
Riding a motorcycle at 17 years

Riding a motorcycle at 17 years old and above

You can only hold this licence if you are at least seventeen years old. It entitles you to ride a moped or a motorcycle as a learner with L plates. You may practice unaccompanied on a learner motorcycle after you have completed a CBT course. You MAY NOT carry pillion passengers or use motorways. 

If you have passed a car test before the 1st of February 2001, you are automatically entitled to ride a moped without L plates and without taking a CBT (although it is recommended that you do take the course). If you passed a car test on or after that date, you will still receive full moped entitlement but will need to complete CBT before riding on the road. The CBT certificate issued to you is then valid for the duration of your car driving licence while riding a moped only.
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