Moped, Scooter and Motorcycle Tests

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Do I need a provisional driving licence to learn to ride?

You must have a provisional driving licence before you are able to take your Compulsory Basic Training or moped, scooter or motorcycle test. You cannot undertake rider training without one. There are different rules for licence requirements if you have passed a car test.

If you passed your driving test before 1 February 2001 you can legally ride a moped (up to 50cc) with no L plates, without taking a CBT course or the full moped test. In this instance you will, however, need to take a CBT if you want to ride anything larger than a 50cc moped.

Anyone who passed their driving test after 1 February 2001 will have to complete their CBT before being able to legally ride a moped, scooter or motorcycle, or take a motorcycle test.

You don’t have to take CBT if you 

•    Want to ride a moped (up to 50cc) and you passed your car driving test before 1 February 2001
•    Want to ride a motorcycle and have a full moped licence from passing a moped test since 1 December 1990
•    Have a full motorcycle licence for one category and want to upgrade to another
•    Live and ride on some offshore islands 

Licences issued before 19 January 2013 

•    If you held a motorcycle or moped licence before 19 January 2013 then you’ll keep your existing entitlements and can still ride the same kind of bikes as you did before
•    However, if you get a new licence your entitlements may be shown differently
•    You’ll have to follow the new rules if you want to get higher entitlements – e.g. ride a larger motorcycle

Theory Test

Before you can take your practical riding test you will need to pass a motorcycle theory test. You can take the theory test from your:

•    16th birthday onwards if you’re learning to ride a moped (no more than 50cc)
•    17th birthday onwards if you’re learning to ride a scooter or motorcycle

You can take the theory test before or after you’ve taken Compulsory Basic Training (CBT).

You do not need to take the theory test if you passed a moped test after 1 July 1996 and want to either:

•    take the motorcycle test on a category A1 small motorcycle
•    upgrade your motorcycle licence under the ‘progressive access’ (also known as ‘staged access’) rules – see our route 2 guide below

If you have a car licence

You have to pass a motorcycle theory test before taking the motorcycle test.

Preparing for your Motorcycle Theory Test

It’s vital to prepare for your theory test: there’s a lot to learn about the rules of the road. The better prepared you are, the more likely you are to pass first time. The knowledge you learn will also help you enjoy your training by applying your knowledge to the practical skills required of riding a motorcycle.

The theory test has two parts:

•    the multiple-choice part (pass mark is 43 out of 50)
•    the hazard perception part (pass mark is 44 out of 75)

What does a Theory Test Cost?

The current cost of the motorcycle theory test is £23.00 and is valid for two years. Further information can be gained from an MCIA RIDE training school.

REMEMBER: The theory pass certificate number will last for only two years, meaning you will need to pass both modules of the motorcycle practical test in that time, otherwise you will have to take the theory test again.

Practical Test

Introduction

There are two different routes you can take to riding a moped, scooter or motorcycle depending on your age. MCIA RIDE training schools will be able to offer you a variety of ways to passing your motorcycle test and gaining your motorcycle licence. These could include:

•    Intensive courses over consecutive days (the amount of time required will depend on your starting ability). MCIA RIDE training schools will provide you with a detailed initial assessment based on discussions around your riding or in some cases an initial assessment ride
•    Individual training sessions spread across a period of time are also an option. If you have work or family commitments, then training sessions spread across a period of time may be the better option for you

Route 1 - Direct Access

The direct access route is determined by your age and the moped, scooter, or motorcycle you would like to ride:

•    AM licence (allowing you to ride a 50cc bike with a speed range of 25km/h 0r 15.5mph to 45km/h or 28mph) if you are 16 or over
•    A1 licence (allowing you to ride a 125cc with up to 11kw power output) if you are 17 or over
•    A2 licence (limiting you to a bike up to 35kw power output) if you are 19 and over
•    A licence (allowing you to ride any bike of any sized engine) if you are 24 or over

Route 2 - Progressive Access

Progressive access provides you the opportunity to progress up through the moped, scooter or motorcycle licence categories. This allows you to gain valuable riding experience between motorcycle tests and could result in you passing your category A motorcycle licence by the age of 21.

Providing you keep to the required years of experience between tests this will entitle you to achieve:

•    AM licence (allowing you to ride a 50cc bike) if you are 16 or over
•    A1 licence (allowing you to ride a 125cc bike) if you are 17 or over
•    A2 licence (limiting you to a maximum bhp of 47) if you are 19 and over
•    A licence (allowing you to ride any bike of any sized engine) if you are 21 and have held your A2 licence for two years or more

If you progress through the licensing system and gain the necessary years of experience with each licence category you will not need to retake a motorcycle theory test.

What is included in the Motorcycle Test?

The motorcycle test is conducted in the same format for moped, scooter and motorcycles, the only difference is the size and type of bike you complete the test on. The moped test (AM) has a lower speed requirement but follows he same format. It includes:

•    An off-road riding test (known as the ‘module 1 test’)
•    An on-road riding test (known as the ‘module 2 test’)

You can book the riding tests separately or at the same time, but you must pass the module 1 test before you take the module 2 test. There’s a different fee for each module.

To pass the riding tests you must be able to:

•    Ride safely in different road and traffic conditions
•    Show you know The Highway Code by the way you ride

Module 1 Motorcycle Test Requirements

You’ll take the module 1 test in an off-road motorcycle manoeuvring area at a Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) facility.

The test normally takes about 20 minutes, is conducted by a DVSA Examiner, and includes:

•    Wheeling the moped, scooter or motorcycle and using the stand
•    Riding a slalom and figure of 8
•    A slow ride
•    A U-turn
•    Cornering and a controlled stop
•    Cornering and an emergency stop
•    Cornering and hazard avoidance
For the hazard avoidance and emergency stop exercises you must ride at a minimum speed of:
•    19 mph on a moped
•    31 mph on a motorcycle

Your Test Result

You will pass module 1 if you make:
•    No serious or dangerous faults (sometimes called ‘majors’)
•    No more than 5 riding faults (sometimes called ‘minors’)

You will be told if you’ve passed module 1 at the end of the test by the DVSA Examiner. The examiner may also provide you feedback on any faults you made to help you with your future riding.

Route 2 Progressive Access Riders - If you’re upgrading your licence through ‘progressive access’, you must pass module 2 within 6 months. You have to pass module 1 again if you do not.

Module 2 Motorcycle Test Requirements

You must pass module 1 before you can take the module 2 test. You can book both modules at the same time, but if you do not pass module 1 you must wait 3 working days before you can retake it.

The module 2 test normally takes about 40 minutes and includes:

•    An eyesight check
•    ‘Show me, tell me’ safety questions on the bike you are riding
•    Road riding
•    Independent riding

You must take your module 1 pass certificate to the module 2 test, plus all the documents you had to take to the module 1 test. Your MCIA RIDE training school will provide you with all of the necessary information with regard to documentation required.

What is included in the Module 2 test?

Eyesight check

You will be asked to read a number plate from a distance of:

•    20 metres for vehicles with a new-style number plate
•    20.5 metres for vehicles with an old-style number plate

The test will not go ahead if you do not meet the eyesight requirements and you will lose your motorcycle test fee and any associated MCIA RIDE training school costs.

‘Show me, tell me’ questions

You’ll be asked 2 vehicle safety questions known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions. These test that you know how to carry out basic safety checks. Your MCIA RIDE training school will provide you with a copy of the ‘show me, tell me’ questions and guidance on what is required.

Road riding

You will be asked to ride in various road and traffic conditions, but not on motorways. You’ll be asked to carry out:

•    Normal stops along the route
•    An angle start (pulling out from behind a parked vehicle)
•    A hill start (where possible)

The examiner will give you directions using a radio and will normally follow you on a motorcycle.

Riding test routes are not published, so you cannot check them before your test. Your MCIA RIDE training school will ensure you are appropriately trained on a variety of suitable routes, to maximise your chances of success.

Independent riding

You will be asked to ride independently for around 10 minutes. This is designed to assess your ability to ride safely while making your own decisions. You can ask the examiner to repeat the directions if you forget them and you will not fail the test if you go off the route. You cannot use sat nav during the test.

Your Test Result

You will pass module 2 if you make:

•    no serious or dangerous faults (sometimes called ‘majors’)
•    no more than 10 riding faults (sometimes called ‘minors’)

You will be told if you’ve passed module 2 at the end of the test by the DVSA Examiner. The examiner may also provide you feedback on any faults you made to help you with your future riding. The examiner will also give you a pass certificate and ask if you would like your licence to be sent to you automatically (give the examiner your provisional licence if you want to do this).

You can start riding without L plates straight away when you’ve passed your test. You do not need to wait for your full licence to arrive.

If you do not pass

You will need to book another module 2 test and pay again. You have to choose a date at least 10 working days away. Your MCIA RIDE training school will help arrange this for you.

How long does a motorcycle test take?

Module 1 - The test normally takes about 20 minutes, is conducted by a DVSA Examiner, and includes:
•    Wheeling the moped, scooter or motorcycle and using the stand
•    Riding a slalom and figure of 8
•    A slow ride
•    A U-turn
•    Cornering and a controlled stop
•    Cornering and an emergency stop
•    Cornering and hazard avoidance

Module 2 – The test normally takes about 40 minutes and includes:

•    An eyesight check
•    ‘Show me, tell me’ safety questions on the bike you are riding
•    Road riding
•    Independent riding

How much does a motorcycle test cost?

Many MCIA RIDE training schools utilise a Government trainer booking scheme which allows the training school to provide you with a range of available moped, scooter and motorcycle test slots to suit your diary. 
Test fees are shown in the table below:

Test TypeWeekdaysEvenings, Weekends and Bank Holidays
Theory test£23.00£23.00
Module 1 (off road)£15.50£15.50
Module 2 (on road)£75.00£88.50


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