FULL MOTORCYCLE LICENCE TESTS PROCESS
Driving Vehicle Standards Agency motorcycle tests for qualifying for a full licence for Motorcycles, Categories: “AM” “A1” “A2” & “A”. You need to have a UK provisional/Full car licence to prepare for UK motorcycle licence tests, and have a current CBT Certificate & motorcycle Theory & Hazard Perception Test pass certificate.
You have to be 17yrs old, for the, Cat’ “A1” Full Licence Tests and 19yrs old, for the, Cat’ “A2” Full Licence Tests. For the Direct Access Full Licence tests, Cat’ “A” you must be 24yrs old. The motorcycle (for Direct Access), must be a 595cc or bigger and over 54 bhp, on Mod 1 & 2 tests. The motorcycle on the 17yr old’s Full licence tests, will be 125cc and not exceed 14.6bhp, Cat’ “A1”, on Mod 1 & 2 tests. The motorcycle on the 19yr old’s Full Licence Tests will not be less than 395cc and not less than 32bhp and up to 46.6bhp, Cat’ A2, on Mod 1 & 2 tests.
Starting the process, means you must have a current CBT, (Compulsory Basic Training).
Then you need to qualify and pass the Theory & Hazard Perception Test for motorcycles. This you organise with the DVSA, on their website and book your theory test. You take your Test at a DVSA Theory Test Centre. The test is divided into two separate parts. One part is a 50 question multiple choice answer selection and the other part is a set of video clips of various traffic situations, each with a hazard that you need to spot. The last video clip has two hazards. On the first test you must score 43 correct answers or more out of 50 questions. On the second test you need to score 44 or more out of 75. If you pass one test but fail the other, you must take the whole test again, on another test date.
Now you have CBT & Theory & Hazard Perception Tests, you can start your “preparation and training” for the first DVSA motorcycle test, Mod 1. This test is about slow control manoeuvres, in various situations, all these must be correctly demonstrated. There are also 3 manoeuvres conducted at 31.5mph (50kph). Successful candidates gain a Mod 1 Certificate issued by the Examiner on the test date.
The final DVSA Test is, Mod 2. A road ride test for approximately 40/45mins and followed by the Examiner on another motorcycle with one way radio communications. A part of the Mod 2 Test involves the candidate riding independently without instruction from the Examiner. The Examiner will brief the candidate that from now the candidate will ride following a series of signs, (10/15mins), until the candidate hears the Examiner on the radio again for the remainder of the Test.
How much preparation and training one needs is not, “an exact science” & different for every individual to successfully pass both the full licence practical tests, Mod 1 & 2.