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Understanding the Motorcycle Without Gear License Age Limit in the UK and Europe

by Maximo Moto 10 Jul 2024 0 Comments

Navigating the licensing requirements for motorcycles can be complex, especially when considering different categories like motorcycles with and without gear. This blog post will delve into the specific age limits and licensing categories for motorcycles without gear.

License Requirements in the United Kingdom

Age Limits for License for Motorcycles Without Gear (Scooters/Mopeds)

AM License:

  • Age: 16+
  • Permissions: Allows riding mopeds up to 50cc.

A1 License:

  • Age: 17+
  • Permissions: Allows riding scooters up to 125cc.

Motorcycles with Gear

AM License:

  • Age: 16+
  • Permissions: Allows riding mopeds up to 50cc.

A1 License:

  • Age: 17+
  • Permissions: Allows riding motorcycles up to 125cc with a maximum power output of 11 kW.

A2 License:

  • Age: 19+
  • Permissions: Allows riding motorcycles up to 35 kW.

A License:

  • Age: 24+ (or 21 if you have held an A2 license for at least 2 years)
  • Permissions: Allows riding any motorcycle without restrictions.

License Requirements in Europe

Motorcycles Without Gear (Scooters/Mopeds)

AM License:

  • Age: 16+
  • Permissions: Allows riding mopeds up to 50cc.

A1 License:

  • Age: 16+
  • Permissions: Allows riding scooters up to 125cc.

Motorcycles with Gear

A1 License:

  • Age: 16+
  • Permissions: Allows riding motorcycles up to 125cc with a maximum power output of 11 kW.

A2 License:

  • Age: 18+
  • Permissions: Allows riding motorcycles up to 35 kW.

A License:

  • Age: 24+ (or 20 if you have held an A2 license for at least 2 years)
  • Permissions: Allows riding any motorcycle without restrictions.

Summary of Age Limits and License Categories

License Category

UK Age Limit

Europe Age Limit

Vehicle Type

Power Restrictions

AM

16+

16+

Mopeds

Up to 50cc

A1

17+

16+

Motorcycles/Scooters

Up to 125cc

A2

19+

18+

Motorcycles

Up to 35 kW

A

24+ (21 with A2)

24+ (20 with A2)

Motorcycles

No restrictions

The motorcycle without gear license age limit is an important factor for new riders in the UK and Europe. These licensing systems are designed to ensure that riders are adequately trained and experienced before transitioning to more powerful bikes. 

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