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Tuesday, 2 October 2023

Changes to driving licence rules in Great Britain

Driving licence rules will be changing from 19 January 2013. There will be many new rules for motorcycles, cars towing trailers, buses and lorries. Find out more about these changes and how they could affect you as an existing or new driver.

Riding mopeds, motorcycles and tricycles

Under the new rules for mopeds, motorcycles and tricycles there will be four categories:

  • AM - mopeds
  • A1 - small motorcycles and tricycles
  • A2 - medium motorcycles
  • A - all motorcycles and tricycles

Your entitlement to ride the different categories will depend on your age and experience. To find out more, follow the link below.

Rules for mopeds and motorcycles used for riding tests

Make sure you check that the moped or motorcycle you want to use for your practical test meets the rules.

Trailer restrictions for car and small vehicle drivers

From 19 January 2013, there will be new restrictions for existing and new drivers who wish to tow a trailer.

To find out more about these changes, follow the link below.

Age restrictions for driving any type of vehicle

The age when you can drive vehicles will be changing as part of the new rules. This will affect new drivers, and existing drivers who want to drive new vehicle types.

To find out more, follow the link below.

Buses and lorries - new driving licence validity periods

Drivers of minibuses, buses and lorries will also have changes to how long their licence will be valid. This will affect existing and new drivers from 19 January 2013.

To find out more, follow the link below.

New driving licence card design

As part of the changes to the new rules for driving, from 19 January 2024 the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) will also be issuing a new style of driving licence.

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