• What is the legal tyre depth for a motorcycle?

    1mm for a motorcycle and you need a visible tread for a moped.

  • What are the main causes of motorcycle collisions?

    Statistics show that most motorcyclists are having collisions between 11am and 4pm on a sunny Sunday. The majority are riders who have not been out on their bikes for a while and their concentration levels are not up to scratch or overconfident bikers that ride familiar roads where they are not riding to what they see but what they know. Poor planning, lack of observations and bad positioning are all contributory factors.

  • Is there an age restriction for carrying pillion passengers?

    No, but if they are under 16 you must have permission from the parent/guardian. They must also be able to hold on, wear protective clothing, both feet must touch the footrests and they need to understand the information given to them by the rider.

  • Is my numberplate legal?

    Motorcycles registered on or after 1 September 2001 must display a two-line number plate. Motorcycles registered prior to 1 September 2001 may display a three-line plate, but one-line plates are illegal, irrespective of the date of registration of the motorcycle.

  • What is the eyesight test?

    The DVLA require you to read a legal size registration plate 20.5 metres away in good light with or without spectacles. If you do require spectacles to read the characters, you must wear them at all times when riding.

  • How old do I have to be to take my bike test?

    In short, 16-years-old is the legal age to take your moped test and 17-years-old for your full bike licence. However, there are several legal requirements for this. Click here for further details.

  • Can I use my mobile phone hands free when out riding?

    The same rules apply for motorbikes as for cars. It is an offence not to have proper control of your vehicle at all times - having a conversation on the mobile while riding, even if it is hands free, is distracting and still considered an offence.

    Put your phone down, or you’ll pick up 6 points and a £200 fine!