The Motorcycle Test
The rules and regulations regarding the motorcycle test are quite complex so we are going to try and simplify them in a more easier format!
Module I Test
You will require both parts of your driving licence unless you have the old paper licence where you will need to bring a valid passport as well as your Theory Pass paperwork and a valid CBT Certificate.
Those using their own motorcycles should bring their MOT Certificate if required, insurance documents etc.
The Module 1 test consists of a series of off-road manoeuvres as listed below and takes between 15-20 minutes to complete. 5 minor errors are allowed and every manoeuvre should be treated as though you are on the open road with the possibility of traffic etc.
Module 1 Manoeuvres:
•wheeling the moped or motorcycle and using the stand
•doing a slalom and figure of eight
•a slow ride
•cornering and controlled stop
•cornering and the emergency stop
•cornering and hazard avoidance
There is a minimum speed requirement of around 32 miles per hour (50 kilometres per hour) for the hazard avoidance and emergency stop exercises. There is no minimum speed requirement for the first cornering and controlled stop exercise, this is just to familiarise yourself with the course and the examiner should inform you of the actual speed you obtained on the run through the speed check equipment.
You are not allowed to put a foot down or come into contact with a cone during any of the exercises.
You should be offered a 2nd attempt at the emergency stop or the hazard avoidance if you are marginally below the required 50kph, but this is at the discretion of the examiner.
Upon successful completion of the Module I test you will be issued with a Module 1 Pass Certificate which you will need for your Module 2 test.
If you fail your Module 1 test you have to wait 3 working days before you can retake it (Saturday is class as a working day apart from Bank Holidays).
Module 2 Test
Module two is the on-road module and typically takes around 40 minutes and 10 minor errors are allowed.
You must bring your module one pass certificate to module two, along with all the documents you had to bring to the Module 1 test.
This module includes the:
You’ll have to read the number plate from a distance of:
•20 metres for vehicles with a new-style number plate
•20.5 metres for vehicles with an old-style number plate
If you wear glasses or contact lenses for the eyesight test, the law requires that you wear them whenever you are driving. This includes during your driving test.
•safety and balance questions
We provide printed hand outs and cover the questions on training days
•road riding element
You’ll ride in a variety of road and traffic conditions. You’ll be asked to carry out:
•an angle start (pulling out from behind a parked vehicle)
•a hill start (where possible)
The examiner will give you directions using a radio. They will normally follow you on a motorcycle.
•independent riding section
Your riding test will include around ten minutes of independent riding. This is designed to assess your ability to ride safely while making decisions independently.
At the end of the Test
If you have successfully passed your examiner will give you a Module 2 Pass Certificate and will keep your old licence as a new one with motorcycle entitlement will be sent out in the post by DVLA. If your address needs changing or you require your licence for work or a holiday, then it is your responsibility to send it back to DVLA along with your Module 2 pass certificate within 2 years from the date of passing or else it becomes void.
We advise anyone with HGV, PSV etc. to photocopy their licence before their test to ensure all their entitlements are included on the new licence. This advice also covers anyone moving house to ensure driving categories have not been omitted from any replacement licence.
You may re-take your test after 10 working days, Saturday is classed as a working day except at Bank Holidays, provided that your Theory certificate, CBT and Module 1 pass certificate are in date.
Current Regulations From 18 January 2013
17-19 Year Olds CategoryA1 Licence
Take your test on an approved 125cc motorcycle 115cc- 125cc power of 14.6 bhp (11kw) and capable of at least 56mph.
You have to stay at 125cc or take your A2 licence when you reach 19 years of age.
19 – Under 24 Year Olds CategoryA2 Licence
Take your test on an approved motorcycle of at least 395cc power and of at least 33bhp (25kw) but it can’t be derived (restricted) from a motorcycle more than double its power.
Once passed you will then be restricted to motorcycles with a maximum power of 46.6 bhp (35kw).
24 Years Of Age Category A Licence
You will be able to obtain an unrestricted motorcycle licence if you are aged 24 or over or have held a restricted A2 licence for 2 years by taking your test on an approved machine of at least 595cc that has an engine power of at least 54bhp (40kw).
Proposed changes to A2 rules
In the near future it is proposed that the rules for sub-category A2 standard motorcycles will change again. Motorcycles used from then must have an engine power between 20kW (27 bhp) and 35kW (46.6 bhp).
All the other rules will stay the same.
Proposed changes to category A rules
In the near future it is proposed that the rules for category A unrestricted motorcycles will change again. Motorcycles used from then must:
•have an engine power of at least 50 kW (67 bhp)
•weigh at least 180 kg when it’s not carrying any goods or burden
All the other rules will stay the same.
Those choosing to take their tests on automatic geared motorcycles will still be limited to automatics after passing their relevant test.