As you know, obtaining an A licence gives you the privilege of riding several categories of two- or three-wheeled vehicles on public roads. But you still need to know what kind of motorbikes they really are. So, in the hope of helping you to clarify this matter, so as not to encounter a problem during a road check, here we tell you everything about the different types of two-wheelers requiring an A motorbike licence.
A brief reminder about the A licence
Before you know which category of motorbike you can ride with an A licence, it is important to know what this document or authorisation is. In this respect, an A motorbike licence allows you to drive most two-wheelers with or without a sidecar, as well as three-wheelers with different power ratings, in complete freedom and legality. However, it is not possible to obtain this type of licence directly. It is in fact necessary to first pass the A2 licence and to follow an additional practical training course which lasts about 7 hours. In addition, the A licence is only available after two years of driving a two- or three-wheeled vehicle on public roads. The training varies depending on the motorbike school in your town. However, the driving test always includes a theory test in the classroom, a practical session off the road, and a practical test, i.e., driving in traffic.
A licence: to ride any type of motorbike with or without a sidecar
You have recently bought a new motorbike. However, one question is on your mind: can you ride it freely on the road and use it to do your shopping, to get to work? In other words, you’re wondering if your new jewel requires a category A licence. So, to help you, you should know that the A licence gives you the authorisation to ride any type of motorbike with or without a sidecar, regardless of its power. More precisely, the A licence allows you to ride a large motorcycle that exceeds 125 cm3. In fact, there is no limit to the power of the motorcycle. The main thing is that your two-wheeler is simply equipped with an anti-lock braking system. That said, scooters, motocross bikes, speed bikes and others are all two-wheeled models that you can drive with your licence.
Motorbike licence A: for driving three-wheeled motor vehicles
Apart from two wheels with or without a sidecar, a motorbike licence A also authorises you to drive any category of three-wheeled vehicle with a power rating of more than 15 kilowatts. In order to benefit from this privilege and in particular from this authorisation, you must be at least 21 years old. So, in order to drive your new two- or three-wheeled model, go directly to a motorbike school to take your A licence in the proper manner.