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What can I ride if I already have a car driving licence?

You may have been driving for years and each morning get stuck in traffic on your way to work. As you’re crawling in first gear for what seems like an eternity, you notice motorcyclists filtering through the traffic and could have started wondering – is it time I joined them?

Some people may be initially put off about having to take additional tests and the costs associated with that, but it might not be as expensive as you think!

You may be able to ride a moped up to 50cc without L plates and without taking a test, in some situations.


If you passed your driving test before 1st February 2001, you can ride a moped (up to 50cc) without L plates. You don’t need to take a CBT course or take the full moped test. You must take CBT if you want to ride anything larger than a 50cc moped. However, if you've not ridden before we would still recommend doing CBT even if you’re not legally required to right now, particularly as it costs less than £150 in many cases. Also be aware that you must take CBT if you ever intend to ride anything larger than a 50cc moped.


If you passed your driving test on or after 1st February 2001 the rules are very slightly different. You can get a full moped licence if you either:

  • pass your car driving test and then complete a compulsory basic training (CBT) course
  • complete a CBT course and then pass your car driving test within two years

You can then ride a moped (up to 50cc) without L plates. You don’t need to take the full moped test and you can ride mopeds for as long as your car driving licence lasts.

For more information, please take a look at our learning to ride section.

Friday, 22 February 2019