I have imported a 125cc motorcycle from France to the UK, and registered and insured it there.

I have a French 125cc licence ("permis A1"), which is a car driving licence ("permis B") + a one-day motorcycling training.

Am I allowed to drive it in the UK with this license only? Or do I need to get another one?

  • Is this a full licence for your motorcycle? That is, could you lawfully drive that bike, in France, on your current licence, indefinitely?
    – MadHatter
    Commented Aug 15, 2018 at 16:23
  • In France I can drive with it forever, yes
    – Sithered
    Commented Aug 15, 2018 at 16:26
  • Since you say you've imported the bike, this question might strictly belong on the sister site expatriates.stackexchange.com . If you want it migrated, you can click on the flag icon and write a custom message to the moderators. Commented Aug 17, 2018 at 6:58
  • I do not feel this is an expat question, it is a 'can I travel with this vehicle and these licenses' question.
    – Willeke
    Commented Aug 17, 2018 at 10:49
  • Note that you might need to switch the headlight to prevent blinding of other drivers. Commented Aug 19, 2018 at 5:27

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I think the answer is Yes. All EU member states use standardised driving licences, at least for the categories with capital letters.

The UK restrictions on an A1 licence are

  • You can drive light motorbikes with:
    • an engine size up to 125cc
    • a power output of up to 11kW
    • a power to weight ratio not more than 0.1kW/kg
  • This category also includes motor tricycles with power output up to 15kW.

If your moving to the UK, then you'll need to insure and register at a UK address. (Registering is different in Northern Ireland, to the rest of the UK). If it is over 3 years old, you will also need to put it through an annual test, the MOT.

You will not need to take a UK test, at least until Brexit.


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