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New motorcycle rules coming into force

New rules affecting motorcyclists in Great Britain will be introduced from Saturday 19 January 2013.

Riding a motorcycle
The European requirements are being introduced in Great Britain as part of the changes under the third EU licensing directive

They include changes to motorcycles you can ride and the age you have to be to ride them.

This also affects the rules for the motorcycle you use for your practical riding test. Your test will be cancelled and you may lose your fee if your vehicle doesn’t meet the new rules.

Minimum age to ride larger motorcycles increasing

Access to more powerful motorcycles will be staged subject to competence, age and previous experience.

The minimum age to ride the largest motorcycles without previous experience is rising from 21 to 24.

Video explaining new rules

You can watch a video about the new motorcycle rules.

Riding a motorcycle or moped - New Rules January 2013

European requirements

The European requirements are being introduced in Great Britain as part of the changes under the third EU licensing directive.

Learning materials updated

The official Driving Standards Agency (DSA) learning materials have been updated to reflect the new rules. You can buy them from the TSO shop:

You can also buy them from most high street and online book stores.

Published 14 January 2013