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Direct Access

Direct access scheme

Direct access is a scheme which allows a person over the age of 21 years (via staged access route) to obtain a full unrestricted licence. The machine must be a minimum 595cc and at least 54bhp. If you are new to motorcycling and want an unrestricted licence you must be a minimum age of 24years to qualify for the category A licence. A pass allows you to ride any size of bike. Any instruction given on a machine that exceeds the normal learner motorcycle specification must be supervised at all times by a certified motorcycle instructor who should be in radio contact. You should also wear fluorescent or reflective clothing and follow all other provisional licence restrictions.

Licence category

Vehicles you can ride

Requirements for licence Minimum age

Mopeds with speed range of 25 km/h to 45 km/h

Compulsory basic training (CBT), theory test, practical test

AM Small three-wheelers (up to 50 cc and below 4 Kilowatt) Compulsory basic training (CBT), theory test, practical test 16
AM Light quadricycles (weighing under 350 kg, top speed 45 km/h)

Compulsory basic training (CBT), theory test, practical test

Q Same as AM plus 2 or 3 wheeled mopeds with top speed of 25 km/h Same as AM 16

Small motorcycles up to 11 kW (and a power-to-weight ratio not more than 0.1 kW per kg) and 125 cc

Theory test, practical test 17
A1 Motor tricycles with a power output not more than 15 kW Theory test, practical test 17
A2 Medium motorcycles up to 35 kW (and a power-to-weight ratio not more than 0.2 kW per kg), bike mustn’t be derived from vehicle more than twice its power

Direct access - theory and practical; staged access - two years experience on A1 motorcycle and a further practical test

A Motorcycles unlimited in size/power, with or without a sidecar, and motor tricycles with power output over 15 kW Direct access - theory and practical tests (you must be 24 unless you have 2 years experience on an A2 motorcycle); staged access - a further practical test only if you have 2 years A2 experience and are 21 or older 24 (direct)
or 21 (staged)

The Third European Driving Licence Directive (3DLD)
- Expected Implementation Date - 19th Jan 2013

Expected in 2013, the Third European Directive or ‘3DLD’ will see major changes to the training and testing procedures for candidates looking to gain a full motorcycle licence.

Agreed in 2006, it will see candidates under the age of 24 complete several stages of training and testing in order to obtain a full category ‘A’ licence and whilst the ‘Direct Access Scheme’ (DAS) will remain, the age limit will rise from 21 to 24 with mopeds remaining accessible to 16 year olds and 51-125cc PTWs to 17 year olds.


• A new European moped category AM which will include light quadricycles and tricycles. The minimum age for this category remains unchanged from current requirements at 16 years
• The introduction required under the Directive of a new motorbike category A2, providing in the future categories A1, A2 and A.
• Progress through these categories will be achieved by passing a test; direct access to a category, by passing a test, will also be possible. Direct access to new category A2 will be 19 years. Direct access for category A will rise from the current 21 to 24 years.
• Special provisions for moped and motorcycle riders with a physical disability
• Abolition of the separate category B1 (quadricycles) driving entitlements for new drivers
• Riders wishing to ride category A2 or A motorcycles who have not yet qualified for a full licence for the larger category should be accompanied by an Authorised Trainer (AT) when riding on the roads.

• Bikes up to 125cc (11kw), accessible to 17 year olds (A1 Licence)
• Minimum age of riding a motorcycle over 125cc (11kw – 35kw) will rise from 17 to 19 years old (Category A2 – Medium motorcycles)
• Minimum age of riding an unrestricted motorcycle (above 35kw) will be 21 years (A licence), 24 years via Direct Access Scheme (DAS).


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