do I need?
If you’re already licensed to ride a moped your driving licence will show as category P.
The new rules will not affect you, but any new licences issued to you will show categories AM and Q, as well as category P. This means you will also be allowed to ride 2 or 3-wheeled mopeds with a top speed of 50 km/h.
Below is a summary. Riders should follow the government website https://www.gov.uk/ride-motorcycle-moped for more detail.
Car Driving Test Passed before Feb 1 2001
For electric mopeds restricted to 28mph (45kmh) you do not have to take a CBT course if you aquired a driving licence before February 2001. The driver does not have to display an L Plate (This will apply to a U Series , M+ and N)
Electric mopeds that are capable of speeds in excess of 28mph / 45kmph are classed as L3e-A1 and you will need to display an L Plate. (This will apply to an NGT)
Car Driving Test Passed after Feb 1 2001 or don’t have a driving licence.
For electric mopeds restricted to 28mph (45kmh) you need to take CBT course and can be ridden by any rider 16 or over (who has passed the CBT) If you hold a current driving licence you will not need to take further theory and practical tests or take CBT again. If you don’t you will need to retake every 2 years. (This will apply to a U Series , M+ and N)
Electric mopeds that are capable of speeds in excess of 28mph / 45kmph are classed as L3e-A1 and you will need to take a CBT and be over 17 and display an L Plate. (This will apply to an NGT)
|Licence category||Vehicles you can ride||Requirements for licence||Minimum age|
|AM||Mopeds with speed range of 25 km/h to 45 km/h||Compulsory basic training (CBT), theory test, practical test on all powered 2-wheeled moped||16|
|AM||Small 3-wheelers (up to 50 cc and below 4 kW)||CBT, theory test, practical test||16|
|AM||Light quadricycles (weighing under 350 kg, top speed 45 km/h)||CBT, theory test, practical test||16|
|Q||Same as AM plus 2 or 3-wheeled mopeds with top speed of 25 km/h||Granted with AM||16|
|A1||Light motorcycle up to 11 kW (and a power-to-weight ratio not more than 0.1 kW per kg) and 125 cc||CBT, theory test, practical test||17|
|A1||Motor tricycles with a power output not more than 15 kW||CBT, theory test, practical test||17|
|A2||Standard motorcycle up to 35 kW (and a power-to-weight ratio not more than 0.2 kWper kg), bike must not be derived from vehicle more than twice its power||Direct access route – theory and practical
Progressive access route – 2 years experience on A1 motorbike and a further practical test
|A||Unrestricted motorcycles in size/power, with or without a sidecar, and motor tricycles with power output over 15 kW||Direct access route – CBTtheory and practical (you must be at least 24)
Progressive access route – held an A2 licence for a minimum of 2 years – practical test (21 or over)
|24 (direct) or 21 (progressive access)|
45mph / 83mi Range
45mph / 65mi Range
30mph / 96mi Range
30mph / 53mi Range
30mph / 62mi Range
30mph / 59mi Range
25mph / 25mi Range