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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2011 11:42 am 
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B1 is a subsection of B, which is for cars. B1 is for light and specialised vehicles. I took my B1 test on my trike. Been riding for years, never gave it a thought that I needed a 'correct' licence until recently!

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2011 15:47 pm 
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OOOOOH interesting. Will have to do some digging


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2016 11:37 am 
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Greetings all!!! I'm still alive. I've not been too well and due to financial restrictions I ended up having to sell the automatic trike I built. I'm looking to getting another trike and thinking of doing my test to get a manual trike licence and get it adapted. Does anyone know what the current laws are as it's been a while since this thread was created now? Hope you're all well. Take care :)

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2016 22:33 pm 
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On January 19th 2013, all trikes became part of the motorcycle ‘Category A’ licence.

To ride a trike you will first have to pass a test on a solo motorcycle (unless you are a person with disabilities and you have officially notified the DVLA of your disabilities: See the ‘Disabled People and Trikes’ section below and the ‘Motorcycle Test & Trikes’ section of this website for further details relating to people with disabilities riding trikes on a provisional licence).

NB. The correct form for notifying the DVLA of a disability is here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/s ... mation.pdf.
Do not surrender your licence when you send in this notification, the DVLA will let you know if they require you to send your licence to them for any reason. If you are required to send your licence in to DVLA for any reason, we recommend you keep a good photocopy or scan of both sides of your licence.

After passing the full ‘Category A’ test on a solo motorcycle, either via staged access or direct access, irrespective of disability; you can then ride any size or type of trike you like.

Contrary to popular misconception, it doesn’t matter if a trike has a car engine or a bike engine. Nor does the weight of a trike make any difference to licensing; all trikes will now fall into the Category A licence.

NB. Just to complicate matters Trikes weighing no more than 450kg (unladen) are tax class 50 for VED but trikes weighing more than 450kg (unladen) must be taxed in the PLG class. This does not affect licensing because the current licence system is based on European law but the Vehicle Excise Duty system is based on British Law.

So, to put it plainly for new licence holders, you cannot ride a trike on a provisional licence and you cannot take a test on a trike unless you are disabled and you have notified the DVLA of your disabilities.

NB. These changes only affect people who did not hold a full car or bike licence prior to January 19th 2013. If you passed a full category B (car) licence test prior to January 19th 2013, you can still ride any trike you like (under what is commonly called “Grandfather rights” because your legal licenced status pre-dates the change of category for trikes.
Also, if you hold a full category A motorcycle licence, irrespective of when you passed the test you can now ride any trike you like.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2016 06:32 am 
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Thats very informative Delboy. How times have changed.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2016 08:43 am 
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Cheers for the info del boy. I'm still a little confused though as I passed my driving test 2011 and have B and B1 on my licence but the both have the restrictions like automatic only and hand controls so what would that entitle me to be able to take a rest on. As Ibe already got the adaption codes on my licence would that mean the dvla are already aware of my disability? I'm sure I has to notify them when I originally sent off for my full car licence after passing my driving test. Cheers

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 09:10 am 
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When I encountered this problem I took my B1 test on a manual trike. Now it looks like you would have to take the 'A' test on a manual trike. Adaptations to make a manual motorcycle engine based trike are much easier to do than convert a manual car. Well, I think so.

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