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Rules for Learner Motorbike Riders

By: Jack Claridge - Updated: 14 Jun 2013 | comments*Discuss
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Just as with learner drivers, learner riders must follow a set of rules to ensure that they keep within the confines of the law whilst learning to ride a motorcycle and also to ensure their own safety and the safety of those around them.

What Age Can Your Ride a Motorbike?

A rider must be at least sixteen years of age before he or she can apply for their provisional licence; if you are sixteen years of age or over with a provisional licence you can take your theory test. You must be at least sixteen to take the theory test and must have a provisional licence. The age to take your practical test depends on what type of motorbike you want to ride. Check our article for more details about Minimum Age Requirements.

Before you can apply for your motorcycle test you will need to have completed a Compulsory Basic Training course - and you will be asked to show this certificate when you take your test.

Correct Equipment

When you take your test you'll be expected to show that you know your bike and that you are wearing the correct clothing. The reason this is part of the test is that protective clothing is vital if you come off your motorbike. You should always wear protective clothing, even if it takes a little longer to get ready to go out for a ride. Check the details of the Protective Clothing you will need whenever you ride your motorbike.

Is your Bike Roadworthy?

You must ensure at all times that your motorcycle or moped is road legal and that it has a valid MOT (Ministry of Transport) certificate. Without this MOT certificate the motorbike cannot legally be driven on public roads. Being in charge of a motorbike or moped that does not have a valid MOT certificate is a criminal offence could result in a hefty fine or points on your licence.

You must ensure also that all lights, tyres, mirrors and electrical elements of your vehicle are fit for purpose.

Again an important rule when purchasing such a vehicle – especially if it is classed as ‘used’ – is to have someone with a degree of experience accompany you. Avoid purchasing vehicles which have short periods of MOT remaining or do not have a registration document (V5).

Insurances and Taxes

As with a car or any other vehicle taken on public roads you must insure that your motorcycle or moped is correctly taxed and insured before you do so. Taking any vehicle onto a public road or highway without the correct insurance or tax in place is a criminal offence and could result a fine and driving licence endorsements.

Are You Displaying ‘L’ Plates?

The answer to this question should be yes. You should not be using any vehicle on a public highway without ‘L’ plates if you are not a fully qualified driver or rider. Magnetic plates are now very popular and can be easily removed if another rider wishes to use the bike.

Riding a Motorbike on the Motorway

You should not drive any vehicle on a motorway if you are a learner driver. You are only permitted to drive a vehicle on a motorway upon successfully passing your practical test and becoming a full licence holder. Bear in mind too, that in the UK motorbikes under 50cc are NOT allowed on the motorways at all.

As a learner rider it is your responsibility to ensure that you know the legal requirements and stick to them. Failure to do so could delay or prevent you from taking your practical test and getting out onto the open road legally.

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My wife bought her first moped and got her provisional 22 years ago on her 18th birthday. She has always ridden mopeds and never taken a car test as she is scarred of cars. the insurrence companies realise that she had her provisional before the cbt tests came in and are fine about it, however a local policeman questioned her as to were her l plates were. does she need to display l plates on her 49cc moped even though when she got her provisional she did not need too?? please help, she is very distressed at having to use l plates after 22 years of riding mopeds
scouse - 25-Aug-11 @ 1:23 AM
Very informative - keep it up
kinglewis - 22-May-11 @ 7:59 AM
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