- Motorcycle Driving Licence
Motorcycle Driving Licence
Since 19 January 2013, the current rules for motorcycle driving licences have been in force. After long discussions it was clear for us that we have to provide some clarity in this matter! So, can I already drive a Harley at the age of 20, or how is that now?
for the basic understanding – what may I drive with which driving licence?
class A1: light motorcycles limited to 125 cm³ to 11 kW/ 15 HP with a max. power to weight ratio up to 0.1 kW/kg; from 16 years
class A2: motorcycle driving licence; from 18 years, limited to motorcycles up to 35 kW/ 48 HP with a max. power to weight ratio up to 0.2 kW/kg
class A: unlimited class A for persons from 24 years
Bikers with an A1 driving licence unfortunately have to upgrade to one of the larger licences in order to drive a Harley! After the two-year trial period, an exam must be taken to obtain the A2 driver’s license. A jump from the A1 to the A driving licence is possible when you have reached the age of 24 and have completed the complete driving school programme again. However, this can be avoided. If you have already held the A1 driving licence for two years, you can take a practical examination to move up from A1 to A2. After another two years you can repeat this step and upgrade your A2 driving license to A. However, this alternative is only available if you are prepared to stay below 48 horsepower for another two years.
Conclusion! It is already possible from the age of 18 to drive thrilled Harley-Davidson models with the A2 driving licence. The requirement for an “open” unrestricted class A driving licence under 24 years of age is at least two years of possession of a valid A2 driving licence. So if you get your A2 driving licence at the age of 18, you can upgrade to A at the age of 20 and drive every Harley-Davidson unthrottled.
Driving licence costs
Basically, you cannot determine a fixed price for the motorcycle driving license, because the prices vary greatly between individual factors. In order to give you an approximate idea of the costs, we have put together a comparison which ranges between 1,000€ and 2,000€.
Information for the Exchange of EU- driving licences
Exchange of driving licences according to EU guidelines. The main reason for the exchange is for the protection, this protection also eliminates the driving licence tourism: when the driving licence is withdrawn, it is therefore more difficult to obtain licences abroad. In order to relieve the authorities in this respect, the exchange periods are staggered. For paper driving licences issued before 1999, the year of birth of the licence holder determines the exchange date. Those born in 1971 or later can exchange their driving licence until 19.01.2025. Note: The 19.01. is always the reference date in the respective year. The years 1965 to 1970 still have time until 2024, 1959-1964 to 2023 and 1953-1958 to 2022. All those born before 1953 are granted time until 2033.
For the new driving licence, a new photo and a fee of approximately 20 euros will be due. If the driving licence is not exchanged, a warning fee of 10 Euro will be charged. The new EU driving licence is only valid for 15 years.
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