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Mopeds and motorbikes

Image of a yellow moped

If you want to ride a moped in the UK you will need to:

  • be 16 years old or older
  • obtain a provisional licence (also called a Provisional Category P entitlement) by completing a driving licence application form (Form D1) together with a fee, a photograph and identification to the DVLA.

The provisional licence is only valid once you complete Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) and have been issued with a DL 196 certificate by an approved training body (ATB). Find out the Medway-based approved training centres.

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To ride the moped on road you will need to follow these restrictions: 

  • Display L-plates on the moped you are driving, at all times
  • Motorcycles classed as mopeds are not allowed on motorways, no matter what licence you hold
  • You may not carry a pillion passenger 

Already have a full car licence and want to drive a moped or scooter?

If you already drive a car and obtained your full car licence before 1 February 2001, you are automatically entitled to ride a moped without L-plates. However, if you obtained a full car licence after 1 February 2001 you must first complete a CBT course and obtain a DL 196 certificate to validate your entitlement.

Moped features

A moped is a motorcycle that is designed to not exceeding speeds of 50 kilometres per hour (km/h)/ about 31 miles per hour (mph) and has an engine capacity no greater than 50 cc. It should also not weigh more than 250kg

Moped enforcementPicture of a moped being tested with a dynamometer

A dynamometer is a piece of equipment that in seconds will identify any moped that has been illegally modified and is able to go faster than the legal limit of 31mph for moped licence holders (often referred to as de-restricted).

Throughout the year roadside checks are carried out and police will be using the dynamometer as an enforcement tool to prosecute riders who do not have driving licences or insurance to use mopeds that exceed their speed restriction. Riders risk having their mopeds seized when such offences are committed.

Moped education

Medway schools and colleges are offered educational sessions to discuss moped riding and highlight the Bare Bones poster - Watch the Bare Bones gang - it's dead easy to join consequences of getting caught in possession of illegal mopeds which can include seizure of the moped and prosecution.

Each session will include a demonstration of the dynamometer testing equipment. If you would like to find out how to get this into your school or workplace email travel.safety@medway.gov.uk or phone 01634 331832.

Free Motorcyclist CRASH CardPhoto of a Crash Card

The Motorcycle CRASH card (pdf 231KB), copyright of the Ambulance Motorcycle Club, aims to help paramedics to best help you as a biker.

In the event that a biker is involved in a crash it is highly possible the biker may well have lost consciousness, therefore a paramedic put forward a simple plan to allow bikers to help themselves in this situation. This has become known as the "Crash Card". The pack that you can receive contains a small card on which you are asked to complete vital information such as Next of Kin, and any medical history that could be life-saving for the biker, such as a blood group to any existing complication.

The card is then kept in your helmet, and then a green sticker should be stuck to the outside of yourImage of Biker Helmets using the CRASH card helmet (on the right-hand side), to alert paramedics and other medical staff that a card is within the helmet for their information.


Medway-based approved training centres

A to Z Rider Training (c/o GForce Motorcycles)

Unit IB14 Elm Court, Capstone Rd, Gillingham, Kent ME7 3JQ

Phone: 01634 926265

Website: http://www.cbtmedway.co.uk/

B3 C. White Bike Training

22 Church Mews, Rainham, Gillingham, Kent ME8 8LB

Phone: 01634 373485

Website: www.passyourbiketest.co.uk

CSN Motorcycle

Offers a free introductory lesson available on request, before committing to CBT.

Sir Thomas Longley Road, Medway City Estate, Me2 4LQ. Rochester, Kent

Phone: 01634 296500

Website: www.csnmotorcycletraining.co.uk/news.php

Further information

Need to take prescription drugs and drive? Read Don't motor on meds leaflet (pdf 467KB) first.

For group riding and filtering advice visit the Motoring Assist website.