Motorcycle Safety

By making safety a top priority, motorcyclists can reduce the chances of death and injury

20 motorcyclists are killed or injured on Irish roads each week*.  Irrespective of who is at fault the motorcyclist will more than likely suffer worst in a collision with another vehicle.  One of the main reasons is that, in a crash, motorcycle and moped users have less protection than drivers or passengers in vehicles.

* National Roads Authority

Appropriate motorcycle training and education  can help you stay safe and enjoy your bike. Trained motorcyclists around the world prove every day that biking can be a fun, safe and satisfying activity. Proper training will include the importance of routine maintenance to ensure that your bike is safe and fit for purpose.

Every time you go out on your bike your ultimate aim is to return home safely. Apart from the fact that there may be people who are socially and financially dependent on you, the manner in which you ride may cause unnecessary stress and anxiety to those close to you.  Completing a proper training course and developing a safe and socially responsible attitude would go some way towards alleviating those concerns.

Safety gear


Wear appropriate clothing and a secure helmet every time you get on your bike.

  • Jackets and trousers should give you enough protection from impact, abrasion, cold and weather conditions.
  • Use body armour on vulnerable areas such as the back, knees, elbows, shoulders, hips and shins. This should be adjustable so it fits snugly and does not move in a crash.
  • You should wear a good reflective jacket to make you more visible on the road.
  • Wear protective gloves, and footwear that at least comes above the ankle.
  • Learner motorcyclists must wear a yellow tabard displaying the “L” plate not less than 15cm high  on a white background, in clearly visible vertical positions  front and rear worn over the chest clothing.

Age requirements

Remember: you have to be 16 before you can ride a small motorbike (A1 vehicle category) 18 before you can ride an A2 motorcycle and 24(20 with progressive access) before you can ride a larger one (A category).

Licence Category Description of Licence Minimum Age

AM

Mopeds

16yrs

A1

Motorcycles with an engine capacity not exceeding 125 cubic centimetres, with a power rating not exceeding 11kW and with a power to weight ratio not exceeding 0.1 kW/kg. Motor tricycles with a power rating not exceeding 15 kW.

16yrs

A2

Motorcycles with a power rating not exceeding 35 kW, with a power to weight ratio not exceeding 0.2 kW/kg and not derived from a vehicle of more than double its power.

18yrs

A

Motorcycles

Motor tricycles

24yrs or 20yrs with Progressive Access (see Motorcycle IBT  for details). Persons under 21 years of age are not eligible to ride a motor tricycle.

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