Younger riders are particularly at risk due to lower levels of experience on the roads. The new staged approach to licensing will help to make sure that everyone, specifically this high risk group, has the skills they need to ride safely.
Ipswich, UK (PRWEB UK) 9 February 2012
The Driving Standards Agency however has been busy re-writing the rules on motorcycle licensing procedures reports insurance comparison site Tiger.co.uk.
From January 2013 the 3rd European Directive on Driving Licences will be introduced affecting the size of motorbike teenage riders are legally allowed to ride. The new legislation means that learners will have to pass a practical and a theory test to qualify to ride a motorcycle and will be restricted to certain categories of engine size until further training or testing is completed.
The new rules will be effective from January 19th 2013. Under those rules the two existing categories of motorbike will be changed to three:
- A1 – up to 125cc
- A2 – up to 35Kw
- A – over 35Kw
All riders under 19 years of age will only be able to own and ride bikes up to 125cc in capacity, and under 21’s will be limited to 47bhp machines. Riders who want to progress to larger engine sizes will have to take an additional test or further training and there will be an increase in the minimum age from 21 to 24 for those wanting to ride a more powerful bike without previous experience.
The aim is to improve the skills and therefore the safety for new motorcycle riders. This can only be good news when it comes to things like the cost of motorbike insurance as improved safety on the roads will decrease the risk of accidents thus lessening the frequency of claims.
Andrew Goulborn a Director at popular motorbike insurance quote comparison site Tiger.co.uk commented, “It’s important for all motorists to be able to ride and drive safely and younger riders are particularly at risk due to lower levels of experience on the roads. The new staged approach to licensing will help to make sure that everyone, specifically this high risk group, has the skills they need to ride safely. When it comes to obtaining a good deal on motorcycle insurance, the more qualifications you have under your belt the better as insurers will look favourably upon those who have taken further training and advanced courses.”
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