New driving licence rules will come into effect in the UK on January 19th 2013. These will require newly issued licences to be produced in a format that will be harder to copy illegally. Drivers' images, as such, will be burnt by laser onto several layers. These will therefore be black and white rather than colour as with the current format. Licences will also made from polycarbonate - rather than basic plastic - so they will be light and tough.New driving licence rules will also influence what motorists can tow. According to www.gov.uk, the Category B (car and small vehicle) licence will enable motorists to have:
- small trailers weighing no more than 750kg.
- trailers weighing more than 750kg, where the combined weight of the towing vehicle and the trailer isn’t more than 3,500kg.
- a vehicle up to 3.5 tonnes or 3,500 kilograms (kg) Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM) towing a trailer of up to 750kg MAM (with a combined weight of up to 4,250kg in total).
- a trailer over 750kg MAM as long as it is no more than the unladen or ‘kerb’ weight of the towing vehicle (with a combined weight of up to 3,500kg in total).
|Licence category||Vehicles you can ride||Requirements for licence||Minimum age|
|AM||Mopeds with speed range of 25 km/h to 45 km/h||Compulsory basic training (CBT), theory test, practical test on all powered 2-wheeled moped||16|
|AM||Small three-wheelers (up to 50 cc and below 4 Kilowatt)||Compulsory basic training (CBT), theory test, practical test||16|
|AM||Light quadricycles (weighing under 350 kg, top speed 45 km/h)||Compulsory basic training (CBT), theory test, practical test||16|
|Q||Same as AM plus 2 or 3 wheeled mopeds with top speed of 25 km/h||Granted with AM||16|
|A1||Small motorcycles up to 11 kW (and a power-to-weight ratio not more than 0.1 kW per kg) and 125 cc||Compulsory basic training (CBT), theory test, practical test||17|
|A1||Motor tricycles with a power output not more than 15 kW||Compulsory basic training (CBT), theory test, practical test||17|
|A2||Medium motorcycles up to 35 kW (and a power-to-weight ratio not more than 0.2 kW per kg), bike mustn’t be derived from vehicle more than twice its power||Direct access - theory and practical; staged access - two years experience on A1 motorcycle and a further practical test||19|
|A||Motorcycles unlimited in size/power, with or without a sidecar, and motor tricycles with power output over 15 kW||Direct access - CBT theory and practical (you must be at least 24 years old); Progressive access route - held an A2 licence for a minimum of 2 years - practical test (21 or over)||24 (direct) or 21 (progressive access)|