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Vehicles you're Entitled to Drive

Use this page to find out what vehicles you can drive with your licence, or at your age. On your driving licence, these are known as 'entitlements'. Here is a brief guide to the categories of vehicles you can drive at the appropriate age.

Motorcycles

CategoryDescriptionMinimum Age
PMopeds (engine size up to 50cc/maximum speed 50 km/h)16
A1Light motorcycles (engine size up to 125cc/power output up to 11 kW/14.6bhp)17
AMedium-sized motorcycles (up to 25 kW/33bhp/power to weight ratio 0.16 kW/kg)17
AMotorcycles and sidecar (power to weight ratio up to 0.16 kW/kg)17
AAny motorcycle, with or without a sidecar with large motorcycle Direct Access Scheme21*

* Note that you're allowed to ride a large motorcycle at any age two years since you passed your test with a medium-sized motorcycle.

Three or Four Wheeled Light Vehicles

CategoryDescriptionMinimum Age
B1Motor tricycles, quadricycles and three/four wheeled vehicles (no more than 550kg)17

For those in receipt of higher-rate Disability Living Allowance the minimum age is 16.

Cars and Light Vans

CategoryDescriptionMinimum Age
BMotor vehicles (eight passenger seats or less, weighing 750kg or less)17
BAs category B plus a trailer weighing more than 750kg17
B autoAs category B but with automatic transmission17
B+EAs category B but with a heavier trailer17

For those in receipt of higher-rate Disability Living Allowance the minimum age is 16.

Medium Sized Vehicles

CategoryDescriptionMinimum Age
C1Vehicles weighing 3,500kg - 7,500kg (with or without a trailer weighing no more than 750kg)18
C1+EAs category C1 but with a trailer weighing more than 750kg21

Large Vehicles

CategoryDescriptionMinimum Age
CVehicles over 3,500kg, with a trailer up to 750kg21
C+EAs category C but with a trailer over 750kg21

Minibuses

CategoryDescriptionMinimum Age
D1Vehicles with a minimum of nine and a maximum of 16 passenger seats, with or without a trailer weighing no more than 750kg21
D1+EAs category D1 but with a trailer over 750kg21

Last updated: Monday 25th July 2011

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