Know Your Driving Limits

numbers on road - know your driving limits

Since the changes made in January last year, lots of drivers have become confused over how old you have to be to do what on the road. So we thought we would make it easier with the <b>Magic Numbers of Driving!</b> so you know your driving limits.

Know Your Driving Limit One – 16

At 16 you can apply for a provisional moped licence and start driving a vehicle with an engine no bigger than 50cc that travels less than 31mph. But you only have 2 years to pass your CBT (compulsory basic training) before the licence expires.

16 is also the age at which you can apply for your provisional licence if you are eligible for Disability Living Allowance or want to drive some agricultural vehicles. Applications can be sent in 3 months before but they will only come into force on your birthday.

Know Your Driving Limit Two – 17

At 17 you are eligible to hold a provisional drivers licence for a car or small motorcycle and legally book your theory test and, once passed, your final driving test.

You can actually apply for your licence up to 3 months before or, if you already have a provisional licence for an agricultural vehicle or moped, entitlement to drive a car will come into force on your 17th birthday.

Know Your Driving Limit Three – 18

Currently there is no eligibility for 18 year olds, but with more and more noise coming from the government’s bid to push up the minimum driving age to 18, here at Book My Theory Test Online, we say watch this space…

Know Your Driving Limit Four – 19

19 is the minimum age for any driver who wishes to drive a medium sized motorbike (A2) holding an engine with a power output of no more than 35kW.

Know Your Driving Limit Five- 21

This is the age you must be to teach someone else to drive. You must also have held your own licence for more than 3 years.

At 21 you also become eligible to ride large motorbikes (category A) as long as you have passed the appropriate theory and practical tests.

Know Your Driving Limit Six – 23

It is only when you reach 23 that it is possible to use a standard motorcycle of at least 395 cc but less than 595 cc to take the practical part of your motorcycle driving test. That means that if you book your motorcycle theory test online before you are 21, it will expire before you can take your practical and you will have to sit it again.

Know Your Driving Limit Seven – 24

At 24 you are finally eligible to take any motorcycle to your practical driving test. These bikes usually have a minimum engine size of 595 cc with more than 40kW of power.

Know Your Driving Limit Eight – 70

All drivers in the UK are required to renew their driving licence at 70. For most, this is just a case of completing a form and sending it back to the DVLA. A process which has to be done every 3 years.

All Clear?

With regulation changing almost daily, we can’t say when the limits are going to move again. But at least you’ll stay updated with Book My Theory Test Online.

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