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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?
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Re: 1998 driving test v Current test , Licence

Originally Posted by hornet224
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.
The big differences between 1999 and now are mandatory training (IBT),
driver theory test and the introduction of new licence classes.


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

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

Was there a requirement to gain two years riding experience before you could ride the big bikes.
Not exactly. Before Jan 2013, new category A licences were
issued with a 25kW power restriction which expired after
two years.

His Licence only shows A1 Marked on pink licence

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