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hornet224 28th November 2019 08:50 PM

1998 driving test v Current test , Licence
 
Question on passing the test 20 years and what you could ride

What were the requirements for riding a big bike back 20 years ago different to today.

How many riding test were they back in those days. Was it a single test on 125 or was their a second test on the big bikes after that.

I know a person who passed his 125cc A1 about 1998, rode for a few years on the 125 and now wants to get on the big bikes.

Was there a requirement to gain two years riding experience before you could ride the big bikes.

His Licence only shows A1 Marked on pink licence

Is he required to do a test now on the big bike?

Confusion 29th November 2019 10:12 AM

Re: 1998 driving test v Current test , Licence
 
[QUOTE=hornet224;3583427]Question on passing the test 20 years and what you could ride

What were the requirements for riding a big bike back 20 years ago different to today. [/QUOTE]

The big differences between 1999 and now are mandatory training (IBT),
driver theory test and the introduction of new licence classes.


[QUOTE]How many riding test were they back in those days. Was it a single test on 125 or was their a second test on the big bikes after that.[/QUOTE]

You could take the A test at age 18+. Bike categories were
M(now AM), A1, A.

[QUOTE]I know a person who passed his 125cc A1 about 1998, rode for a few years on the 125 and now wants to get on the big bikes.[/QUOTE]

To get a category A licence, he will almost certainly have to do
IBT for category A and then take the category A test.

[QUOTE]Was there a requirement to gain two years riding experience before you could ride the big bikes.[/QUOTE]

Not exactly. Before Jan 2013, new category A licences were
issued with a 25kW power restriction which expired after
two years.

[QUOTE]His Licence only shows A1 Marked on pink licence

Is he required to do a test now on the big bike?
[/QUOTE]

Yes. He will also need to do IBT. There is one very, very small loophole:
if he has held a category A provisional and subsequently learner permit
without a gap in validity exceeding 5 years since 1999, he is exempt from
IBT and can take the category A test now. Extremely unlikely, but worth
mentioning.


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