Every year, motorcycle accidents in the United Kingdom result in over 20,000 riders being injured. This highlights the importance of motorcycle safety.
Motorcycle licence requirements
If you have a provisional motorcycle licence, you must complete and pass a compulsory basic training course. You can ride on public roads, with 'L' plates, for up to 2 years. To obtain your full motorcycle licence you must pass a motorcycle theory test and then a practical test.
If you have a full car licence you may ride motorcycles up to 125cc and 11kW power output, with 'L' plates on public roads, but you must first complete a compulsory basic training course.
You must not carry a pillion or ride on motorways until you have obtained your full motorcycle licence.
General rules when motorcycling
- The rider and the pillion passenger on a motorcycle, scooter or moped must wear a protective helmet. Helmets must comply with regulations. It is advisable to wear eye and ear protectors. Also ensure that you wear strong boots, gloves and suitable clothing which will protect you if there's an accident
- You must never carry more than one pillion passenger and he or she must sit astride the vehicle on a proper seat and keep both feet on footrests
- When riding at night, make yourself visible to other vehicles. It is important to remember that you have to be seen from the side as well as the back and the front. Wear a light coloured helmet and fluorescent clothing