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A2 Restricted Motorcycle Licence

A2 – Restricted Licence London

The A2 restricted licence is aimed mainly at those who want a full motorcycle licence, but do not intend riding too powerful a motorbike in the immediate future. It is also the only licence that can be gained by those aged nineteen to twenty four inclusive.

You must complete CBT, a Motorcycle Theory Test before taking this test.

The training and test throughout the course is very similar to the Direct access scheme. Students will complete the course and take their practical test on a motorcycle with an engine size of at least 395cc with a power output of at least 33.3 BHP (25kW). A pass will entitle the license holder to ride motorcycles up to 35KW or 46.6bhp under a full license.

Accelerated Access

Riders who reach the age of 24 or held the A2 restricted licence London for 2 years, but who wish to ride larger bikes need to pass a further test on an unrestricted 600cc bike. They may practice on a 600cc bike under the same practice conditions for direct access riders. You will revert to learner status while practicing (on an unrestricted 600cc bike) although test failure will not affect your existing licence. Once you pass your A2 restricted motorcycle test in Wembley Park London, you can then ride any motorbike or scooter of your choice, providing that you have restricted the power output to a maximum of 35kw (46.6bhp).

If you are 16 and want to ride

Information for moped riders. If you are 16 and want to ride a moped or scooter on the road you must have completed a compulsory basic training course to validate your provisional licence.

What is a moped?

A moped is a motorcycle that has the following features:

Maximum design speed not exceeding 50 kilometres per hour (km/h) (about 31 miles per hour (mph)An engine capacity no greater than 50 ccIt can be moved by pedals, if the moped was first used before 1 September 1977.

Moped provisional A2 motorcycle licences:

You can only hold a provisional moped licence if you are at least 16 years old. It entitles you to ride a moped on the road as a learner with L-plates (D-plates in Wales) but you must not carry a pillion passenger or go on a motorway.

Your provisional licence is only valid when you have the DL 196 certificate issued on completion of compulsory basic training (CBT) by an approved training body (ATB).

A CBT certificate obtained on a moped is also valid for motorcycles once the rider has reached the age of 17 years and has the necessary licence.

Our London A2 motorcycle licence courses are run from wembley park (London), and are perfect for those people who would like to get their A2 35kw (46.6bhp) Motorcycle licence. The A2 motorbike licence is a full motorbike licence, which allows you to ride any sized motorcycle of your choice without ‘L’ Plates, carry pillion passengers and use motorways.

If you want to ride a moped on the road without displaying L-plates you must take and pass a theory and practical driving test.

For Car Drivers

If you have a car licence…

If you obtained your full car licence before 1 February 2001 you are automatically entitled to ride a 50cc moped without L-plates (D-plates in Wales).

If you obtained a full car licence after 1 February 2001 you must first complete a CBT course and obtain a DL 196 certificate to validate your entitlement.

Minimum test vehicle requirements

Any vehicle presented for use in a driving test must meet minimum test vehicle standards. These standards are part of European Community legislation on driver licensing. Great Britain as a member of the European Union is obliged to comply with these requirements. Below are the minimum test vehicle requirements for mopeds and motorcycles.

Minimum test vehicle requirements for mopeds

A moped must have an engine capacity not exceeding 50 cc, and a maximum speed of 50 kilometres per hour (km/h) which is approximately equivalent to 31 miles per hour (mph). If first used before 1 August 1977, it must be equipped with pedals by which it can be propelled.

Minimum test vehicle requirements for motorcycles

If your motorcycle is less than 75 cc it is not acceptable for the practical motorcycle test. If you pass your practical test on a motorcycle with automatic or semi-automatic transmission, this will be recorded on your licence. Your full licence entitlement will be restricted to motorcycles in this category.

A light motorcycle (category A1) is defined as a solo motorcycle between 75 and 125 cc, with a power output not exceeding 11 kilowatts (kW) (maximum 14.6 brake horse power (bhp)).

A standard motorcycle (category A2) is defined as a solo motorcycle with a capacity of at least 395cc with a power output between 33bhp and 46.6bhp with a power to weight ratio not exceeding 0.2kW per kg.

A large motorcycle (category A): Vehicles used for the direct access scheme can have an unspecified engine capacity of at least 40 kW (54 bhp), with an unspecified speed.

The minimum test vehicle requirements for a motorcycle and side-car are the same as the solo machines, but categories A2 and A1 must not exceed a power to weight ratio of 0.16 kW/kg. Passengers are not allowed to ride in the sidecar during the test. Only candidates with certain disabilities can use a motorcycle and side-car combination for the test. The licence obtained as a result of this test will be restricted to this combination of vehicle.

Speedometers on imported vehicles

Regulation 35 of Construction and Use Regulations 1986 requires any motor vehicle used on or after 1 April 1984 to be capable of indicating speed in both mph and k/mh. Therefore vehicles used for test must display speed in either mph and k/mh or mph only. Vehicles displaying speed in k/mh only are not acceptable. Overlays on speedometers are not allowed.


1- A light motorcycle licence (category A1) will give you full licence entitlement to ride machines up to 125 cc with a power output of up to 11 kW.

2- A standard motorcycle licence (category A2) must be a solo motorcycle with a capacity of at least 395cc with a power output between 33bhp and 46.6bhp with a power to weight ratio not exceeding 0.2kW per kg. Minimum age of candidate is 19 years old.

3- If you are aged 24 or over you can take the test on a motorcycle with a power output of at least 40 kW (54 bhp). If successful you can then ride any motorcycle.