FAQs for motorcycle learner drivers
Answers to questions about Initial Basic Training (IBT), direct access and progressive access.
Here are the steps you need to follow:
Progressive access allows you to take advantage of your previous riding experience and skills in a lower motorcycle category to acquire a licence in a higher category without having to take another driving test. For example:
- if you hold a full category A1 licence for two years and complete a progression module training course of IBT on a category A2 motorcycle, you can get a full category A2 licence without taking a practical driving test.
In some instances you may need to take a full driving test. For example:
- if you take the progressive access training route to get a category A2 licence and later decide to get a category A licence, you must take a practical driving test for category A.
- This means that you can only take the training option under progressive access for either category A2 or category A licence, but not for both.
- Where you are taking the progressive route by doing training only, you will not need to hold your learner permit for six months before getting the full driving licence.
- Where you are taking the driving test route then you must hold the learner permit for 6 months before sitting the driving test.
Direct access can also be used to advance to a higher-powered motorcycle without having to wait the two years needed with progressive access. For example, John is 25 years old and has held a full category A1 licence for one year. With direct access, he can skip category A2 to apply directly for a category A motorcycle learner permit and complete his IBT to get a full licence.
If you are under 24 years, you can obtain a full category A licence by either:
- holding a category A2 full licence acquired by direct access for a minimum of two years, applying for a learner permit and completing the requisite IBT training module, or
- holding a category A2 full licence acquired by progressive access from category A1 for two years, applying for a learner permit and passing the category A practical driving test.
The table below sets out the motorcycle types in each category.
|Licence category||What type of motorcycle|
|AM||Mopeds and three-wheeled vehicles with a maximum design speed greater than 25 km/h but not greater than 45km/h as well as light quadricycles. The minimum age at which a learner permit can be taken out for this category is age 16.|
|A1||Motorcycle less than 125cm3, power rating not less than 11kW with a power to weight ratio no greater than 0.1kW/kg. The minimum age at which a learner permit can be taken out for this category licence is age 16.|
|A2||Motorcycle less than 35kW, a power/weight ratio not greater than 0.2kW/kg and not derived from a vehicle more than double its power. The minimum age at which a learner permit can be taken out for this category is age 18.|
|A||All motorcycles including those greater than 35kW. The minimum age at which a learner permit can be taken out|
for this category is age 20, where an A2 licence has been held for 2 years. Direct access is possible at age 24.