As part of the third European directive the RSA will introduce New Licencing Laws for Motorcycles in Ireland as of January 19th 2013.
We will also see the introduction of the new plastic style Drivers Licence on the same day.
AM Licence – Mopeds/Scooters and three wheeled vehicles with a maximum design speed of 45km/h as well as light quad & tricycles. Minimum age 16, you must pass a Theory Test, get a Motorcycle Learner Permit, take modules 1,2,3 & 4 of Initial Basic Training (IBT) and pass a Motorcycle Driving Test on an AM type of Motorcycle
A1 Licence – Motorcycle up to 125cc, power rating not less than 11kW with a power to weight ratio no greater than 0.1kW/kg. Direct access at minimum age 16 , you must pass a Theory Test, get a learner permit, take Initial Basic Training (IBT) modules 1,2,3 & 4 if not already completed under category AM Licence and pass a Motorcycle DrivingTest on an A1 type Motorcycle
A2 Licence – Motorcycles between 20kw & 35kW, a power/weight ratio not greater than 0.2kW/kg and not derived from a vehicle more than double its power. Two routes (a) Direct access at minimum age 18, you must pass a Theory Test, get a Motorcycle Learner Permit, take Initial Basic Training (IBT) modules 1,3 & 5 on an A2 type Motorcycle and pass a Motorcycle Driving Test from six months after the start date of the A2 Motorcycle Learner Permit. (b) If rider has an A1 Licence for a period of 2 years then this Licence can be achieved by taking a prescribed Training Course (IBT 5) on an A2 Motorcycle with an ADI, OR by completing a Motorcycle Driving Test on the A2 vehicle after waiting six months.
A Licence – all Motorcycles including those greater than 50kW. The minimum age at which this Licence can be held is age 20. Two routes- (a) Direct access at age 24, pass a Theory Test, get a Motorcycle Learner Permit take Initial Basic Training (IBT modules 1,3 and 5) and pass a Motorcycle Driving Test. (b) Progressive access at minimum age 20 where the Rider has held an A2 Motorbike Licence for 2 years, then this Licence can be achieved by taking Initial Basic Training (IBT) module 5 on an A2 Motorcycle with an ADI or by sitting a Motorcycle Driving Test.
The key points of these new laws are the introduction of a new category ‘A2’ and the introduction of direct access to unrestricted A category Motorcycles.
The new category of ‘A2’ is essentially the present ‘A restricted’ category however it will require additional training of IBT Progression Module 5 before this category may be changed to a full ‘A Licence’ (previously this happened automatically after holding the Licence for two years)
The new DIRECT ACCESS entry into a the ‘full A’ category will allow Riders over the age of 24, once they have completed 5 modules of IBT, and held a Licence for a period of six months, and passed the Motorcycle Driving Test, to ride Motorcycles of full category ‘A’ Motorcycle unrestricted.
You can find a nifty chart from the RSA on the New Motorcycle Licence Categories