11 January 2024
Here in Ireland, as well as the rest of the EU, there are a number of types of motorcycle licence.
These vary with regards to the rider’s age, experience and qualification.
Let’s start at the top.
The first step on the path to getting a motorcycle licence is to find and chat to a qualified and accredited riding instructor.
Once you’ve been briefed on what you’ll need and you’ve let them know what you want to achieve, it’s time to take a theory test.
Once that is done you’ll need to get back to your instructor and complete your Initial basic Training or IBT.
Upon successful completion you’ll get a licence permit. After you’ve held that for six months you’re deemed to be experienced enough to take a practical test.
Next, you need decide which licence you want and can apply for initially.
The AM licence is where many of us started our road riding lives, often as youngsters.
This little piece of plastic covers riders of 16 and older on a moped or scooter that can’t exceed 45 kph.
We are not talking about the road up North here.
Like the AM, A1 licences are for riders over 16 but this time limited to bikes offering out up to 15bhp or 125cc.
This is also the licence for machines that have gear boxes.
The A2 itself is limited to riders who are over 18, with power limitations up to 49bhp.
This may sound a little low and restrictive, but there is now a very large range of machinery from which to choose. Indeed, all of the manufacturers offer well designed, enjoyable to ride machines in this category
You can also gain an A2 from an A1 through a process call ‘progressive access’ without the need to take a practical riding test. To do so you’ll need a combination of two years’ A1 experience and successful completion of an IBT progressive module training course on an A2 bike.
An A licence is the one we all want.
Once a rider is over 24 they are permitted to ride any bike without any power restrictions.
Again the A can be attained through progressive access’, with the rider’s experience on an A2 licence is taken into account.
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