Got your B driving license? Great – that means you can ride a motorcycle too!
You no longer need a special driving license for many motorcycles these days if you can already drive a car.
I already have a B driving license, does that mean I automatically have the right to ride a motorcycle? We get that question a lot, and actually, the answer is pretty simple. The answer is yes – if you already drive a car, then no additional tests are required for most motorcycles. That said, when it comes to your own safety and that of other road users, it might be better if you did. Confused? Keep reading and we’ll explain.
Yes, you can.
The short answer is that if you have a driving licence (B), then you're allowed to ride a moped, scooter, quad or a lightweight motorcycle. And that's good news, because motorcycles take up less space on the road, meaning they definitely have a spot in the mobility mix.
What you can do with your B driving license (more freedoms or less), depends on when you obtained it.
- B driving licences obtained between 1/01/1989 and 1/05/2011
If you obtained your driving license before 1 January 1989, then there are no restrictions on the kind of motorcycle your drive. For any B licenses issued afterwards – up until 1 May 2011 – you can ride any two-wheeler in category A1, i.e. motors under 11 kW and 125 cc and with a weight/power of no more than 0.1 kW/kg. Tricycles that don’t go over 15 kW are also allowed. Please keep in mind that this permission is only valid in Belgium.
- B driving licence obtained after 1/05/2011
Did you obtain your B driving license after 1 May 2011, and have you had your driving license for two years? If so, you are allowed to ride two-wheels in category A1, but you have to take a 4-hour driving course at a driving school first. You don't have to take any more theoretical or practical exams.
You aren’t required by law to take any additional driving lessons, but are you an inexperienced motorcyclist? If that's the case, we recommend that you take a few extra lessons anyway. Every motorcyclist, even the most experienced, is vulnerable in traffic. That should always be at the forefront of your mind and it's the perfect reason to take a few extra lessons.
Do you still have questions about your motorcycle? Drop by the Brussels Motor Show and visit the Start2Ride stand where you can ask us anything!