Licensing categories that apply to motorcycles, motor tricycles, mopeds and light quadricycles.
There are four licensing categories for motorcycles AM, A1, A2 and A. Riders can progress through these categories through:
- progressive access in some cases by doing prescribed training rather than taking a driving test or by
- direct access where a driver can drive the most powerful bike at 24 without any previous experience.
|Category||Vehicle Type||Minimum Age|
|AM||Mopeds and light quadricycles||16|
|A1||Motorcycles with an engine capacity not exceeding 125 cc, with a power rating not exceeding 11 kw and with a power to weight ratio not exceeding 0.1 kw/kg. Motor tricycles with a power rating not exceeding 15 kw.||16|
|A2||Motorcycles with a power rating not exceeding 35 kw, with a power to weight ratio not exceeding 0.2 kw/kg and not derived from a vehicle of more than double its power.||18|
|A||Motorcycles||24 or 20 with progressive access|
More about motorcycles
- For information on the rules and regulations governing the use of these vehicle types see FAQs on mopeds, motorcycles, trikes and quads.
- For information on mandatory training for learner permit motorcyclists see Initial Basic Training (IBT).
- For further information see RSA website on other regulations for motorbikes.