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Steve Farrell  says:

Details of new licence regime confirmed

Details of a new motorcycle licence regime to be implemented next year have been confirmed by the Driving Standards Agency.  The new rules will limit all riders under 19 to 125cc machines and under-21s to 47bhp. Those aged 17-19 will only be able to gain a licence for a machine up to 125cc and 15bhp by taking a test on a...

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  • Posted 3 years ago (13 January 2012 17:30)

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Dec 05

Posts: 24

bob9t9 says:

So i'll start with the obvious. Will car drivers suffer the same fate? When will the government realise that a 18 year old in his Dad's 2 litre diesel rep mobile can still do 130+ and still crash into a load of other people or cars etc. The bike industry must be chuffed with this massive step backwards in getting people to ride. I see there's no mention of the super centres set up to help us all learn to ride at great expense......

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Oct 11

Posts: 2279

Piglet2010 says:

Blame Hollywood

While Hollywood’s creation of the image of the motorcyclist as a 1% MC member may sell a quarter of a million or so cruisers and 60’s retro bikes to well-off, middle age professionals who want to pretend to be bad boys a few summer weekends a year; it has done much to kill off the motorcycle as an option for everyday transportation, and fuel anti-motorcycle opinion among the general public. The behavior of the few who buy into this image only makes things worse, with their generation of excess noise with illegal exhaust system and generally unfriendly demeanor.

Meanwhile, the automobile, and particularly the SUV cause real carnage to more vulnerable road users, but everyone takes it for granted and hardly anyone complains about cager bloodshed.

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Nov 10

Posts: 296

COZ69 says:


Guy Fawkes had the right idear

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Aug 08

Posts: 514

KWAKZ750S says:


"Will the insurance costs for new motorcyclists drop due to the massively increased training required to pass the tests? I very much doubt it...."

I think the insurance costs already say it all.  £380 a year to insure my megane diesel, £70 for my bandit

When I tried to get my ( then 17 year old) son added to the insurance on my old £350 cinquecento a while back, they wanted another £1000 as a named driver, and a whopping £4500 to put him as a named driver on the Laguna insurance, yet he can insure a cagiva mito in his own name for £220.

I do take the point about restricting the real menace on the roads,  why not staged licences for little fannies in imprezas.

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Feb 11

Posts: 47

GrazzerFazer says:


Another way for the Government to make more money to pay for the greedy bankers

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Feb 09

Posts: 3

Noodles15uk says:

I agree with earlier posts, this is simply the beginning of banning bikes from the road, disguised as safety measures. I believe that in a lot of situations 125's are actually more dangerous due to the lack of power. Whats wrong with the 33bhp law? I rode a 33BHP bike for a while and it was no faster than a mates 2L TDCI ford. Are they going to start restricting 17 year olds to 1L cars? I doubt it.

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Nov 04

Posts: 69

viaciofano says:

in the EU

I wonder if this is the same in outher eu countries. I would like to see training but on driving with real road skills not learning how to pass a test. Safer driving on the road is what is needed not more red tape vinnychoff

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Aug 11

Posts: 508


It isn't the end of the 250...

More a change of purpose.



Still the end of motorcycling.

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Dec 10

Posts: 8

GasmanDan says:

Dastardly campaign

. . . Madproffesor has hit the spot with this idea.  Its so devilishly cunning . . . it just might work.  Anyone here know Hammond???

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Jan 12

Posts: 1

Simon88 says:


Something tells me the UK Government simply want bikes off the road and are taking the easy option in doing this. When I done my bike test back in 2010, it took me 5 month and cost 900 Quid plus, end of the day at the moment not many 23 year's old can afford that, it's a shame really as it's such a fantastic thing to get into.

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