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Licensing requirements and safety regulations that apply to motorcycles and mopeds

Licensing categories

There are three licensing categories for motorcycles:



A motorcycles with or without a sidecar. Minimum driving age: 18
A1 motorcycles with an engine capacity not exceeding 125cc and with a power rating not exceeding 11kW with or without sidecar. Minimum driving age: 16
M mopeds – engine capacity not exceeding 49cc and maximum speed of 45kph. Minimum driving age: 16


If you applying for a first-time learner permit in category A you are restricted to driving motorcycles with an engine power output not exceeding 25kW or with a power/weight ratio not exceeding 0.16 kW/kg.

This restriction applies for the duration of all learner permits and for the first two years after taking out your full driving licence in category A. After this, you will be entitled to drive more powerful motorcycles.

Other regulations

Both rider and pillion must wear helmets while on a public road.

You must hold a current driving licence or learner permit for a motorcycle or moped.

You must display a current motor tax disc and have insurance cover before you can take your motorcycle or moped on a public road.

Pillion passengers:
It is a penal offence to carry a passenger if you hold a learner permit. And if you have a full licence, make sure your licence and insurance policy allow you to do so.

The current limit for drink driving is 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, 107mg of alcohol per 100ml of urine or 35mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath.

These are permissible but must be properly constructed and fitted. They must have correct lighting and be adjoining the left side of the motorcycle.
Check this page regularly for new safety regulations for motorcyclists.