Motorcycle safety

In 2014, 163 motorcycle users aged 12-16 years old were killed or were seriously injured in Great Britain.

The Named riders advertisement aims to encourage drivers to be more aware of motorcyclists.

What can young people ride?

  • A moped is any powered two-wheeler that is no more than 50cc and limited to around 30 mph. You can ride a moped on a provisional licence from the age of 16, once you have passed your compulsory basic training (CBT). As a learner with a provisional licence, you must not carry pillion passengers and you must display learner plates. When you have passed your test, these restrictions no longer apply. Even after you have passed your test, you cannot ride a moped on a motorway.
  • You can ride motorcycles or scooters up to 125cc on a provisional licence from the age of 17, once you have passed CBT. As a learner with a provisional licence, you must not carry pillion passengers or go on motorways, and you must display learner plates. When you have passed your test, these restrictions no longer apply, but you are limited to machines up to 25kw (33bhp) for the first two years.

CBT is valid only for two years and you must pass a full moped or motorcycle test before then, or retake CBT to continue riding as a learner. To get a full licence either for riding mopeds or motorcycles / scooters, you need to take a theory test and a practical test.

Here is some good advice for motorcyclists:

  • Training
    The best way to be a safer motorcyclist is to get proper training. The CBT course must be taken with an approved training body. The Motorcycle Industry Trainers Association www.mcita.co.uk will help you find an approved trainer in your area, and you will also find useful information and links on the Road Safety GB website www.roadsafetygb.org.uk/contacts. At www.direct.gov.uk/ers you will find a list of trainers who provide Enhanced Rider Scheme training, which can reduce your insurance costs if taken once you have passed the practical test for a full motorcycle licence.
  • Dressing appropriately
    Riders MUST wear an approved safety helmet and have it secured properly. The Safety Helmet Assessment and Rating Programme (SHARP) rates helmets from 1 to 5 stars. Check http://sharp.direct.gov.uk for a list of all helmets rated. Riders should also wear gloves, boots and jackets which provide suitable protection. Read the THINK! Essential Guide to Protective Gear for Bikers.