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3DLD – New licencing rules for motorcyclists – made simple

21st November 2012

Get On and the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCI) have produced a clear guide to gaining a motorcycle licence under new European rules, due to be implemented from January 19th.

Posts to motorcycle social media sites have shown there has been some confusion over interpreting guidelines, due to be bought in under the Third Driving Licence Directive (3DLD).  Many of these focus on the age at which younger motorcyclists can access certain bikes and the size of bikes they can ride.

Get On has therefore laid out the options for gaining a motorcycle licence in a straightforward flow chart, which should help those new to motorcycling choose the most appropriate route for them.  


Miles Taylor, from Get On says:  ‘Our job is to show new riders what they need to do to get on the road.  In reality, these new guidelines will not have much effect on those taking up motorcycling.  Over 50% of new sales are for bikes of 125 cc and less, which anyone can access from the age of 17, after taking a CBT.  A 125 cc bike is a perfect size to gain experience on and commute with and those who want something more powerful to ride can start their training on a medium sized bike from the age of 19 onwards.

Karen Cole, Safety and Training Director at the MCI says: ‘The industry has been crying out for something simple to explain the new rules.  Get On has done a marvellous job in translating a piece of fairly dry legislation into something user friendly.  A lot of confusion has centred over the shift in emphasis from engine size (cc) to power output (kW or BHP).  Riders should not be put off by this as dealers and motorcycle trainers will be able to help with advice over what sized bikes can be ridden in each category. 

Get On’s flow chart may be reproduced, as long as it is not changed in any way.


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Routes to Licence from Jan 2013
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