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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 11:44 am 
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Hi im new on here and needing some advise please. My wife suffers with Arthritis,hypermobility syndrome and fibromyalgia and really wants a Trike. I will hapilly build her one but the problem is she only has a provisional liscence and a CBT. She's tried taking a car test but really found i hard due to her reduced mobility and so failled and dosent want to go through it again. She also had a Sr125 for a while but can't hold up a bike or scooter anymore and there's the risk if she comes off she will do some real harm to herself. I remember hearing years ago that you can ride a Trike on L plates as long as its only a single seater and no reverse gear. Does this still exist or is there anyway she could take a test on a trike. She is registered Disabled and has a Blue Badge.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 13:01 pm 
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It is possible for people to pass a B1 only test which gives a full licence for a trike only (weighing less than 550Kg).
First the rider needs a provisional licence.
Then he/she needs to look at the trike.
It must be under 550kg unladen (most trikes are less than this).
If it has a pillion or passenger seats of any kind he can only ride on L plates when accompanied by a qualified driver. (See Qualified Driver topic)
If the trike has only 1 seat it can be ridden solo on the road when accompanied by a qualified instructor (on a bike or other vehicle in touch by radio, in other words on a formal lesson).

Trike riding does not require a CBT (CBT is motorcycle specific).
Generally it is best to take a training course with a qualified motorcycle instructor, (I have never heard of a car instructor who will accompany a trike rider). Though the riding instructor must make himself aware of the various aspects of the trike test, which is more in line with a car test.

On booking a test it is worth making sure that the test centre understands it is a trike not a 3 wheeled car, as we have had cases where individuals have turned up for tests and the examiner has refused to get on the trike (as they have a right to do if they feel unsafe). Generally the test is carried out by an examiner on a motorcycle with radio communication.

Finding an insurer who will give cover to a provisional trike rider is a bitch, but Phoneus Insurance and Bikesure have both given cover in the past.

Our usual advice is 'Take a car test then ride a trike' it gives a broader licence, insurance is cheaper, instructors are easier to find and you can use a driving school car (if you don't require adaptions).

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 16:51 pm 
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Thanks for that. Does'nt sound like its going to be easy for her to take a test on a trike then. The instructor would have to meet her at our house as she wouldnt be able to ride the trike to them. Shame i can't instruct her then i could buy the radio gear then follow her on my bike but im not qualified. Only wants a single seater as well so that rules out me going on the back.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 16:55 pm 
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Theres no way then that she could ride the trike on her own on L plates before taking her test then? I remember years ago you could get away with it as long as it was single seat and no reverse.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 18:46 pm 
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good reply delboy, spot on.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 15:26 pm 
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Delboy wrote:

Our usual advice is 'Take a car test then ride a trike' it gives a broader licence, insurance is cheaper, instructors are easier to find and you can use a driving school car (if you don't require adaptions).



Only applies if the car test is passed before next February.


re the 'without reverse gear ' point brought up by a couple of posters. that law was abolished in 1963, please keep up with legislation folks :D

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