Trike 24

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I don’t know if you know, but in January next year, only a few short weeks away, there’s going to be a massive shake-up of the way motorcycle and, to a lesser extent trike, licences are structured.

Now, I grant you, most of us aren’t really going to be affected by it as we’re all old and smell of wee… sorry, sorry… mature and sensible, but for anyone under the age of 24 who wants to ride a trike it’s going to make their life a little more difficult.

You see, at the moment in order to ride a trike you either need to have passed your car test or have the category B1 on your motorcycle licence. As of January, the B1 category will be done away with and anyone who has passed their full car or bike licence will be entitled to ride a trike… as long as they’re over the age of 24. Under the age of 24, if you want to ride a trike on a bike licence, you’ll need to go through the succession of bikes test that all motorcyclists striving to attain their full licence will have to go through. I won’t go into the ins and outs of the them as I don’t really have room here, but they’re so almost infinitely complicated that you do wonder if, seeing as they (as in the powers-that-be) have failed to legislate motorcycles off the roads on “safety” grounds (as you would be forgiven for thinking given the raft of unpopular and unproven legislation that they’ve tried to foist upon us and which has been, thankfully, in the main thrown out), they’re now going to make it as difficult as possible for someone to get a bike licence in the first place and then just allow old age to weeds us all out. Paranoid? Me? Maybe… but it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not a possibility.

As I said, most of will be unaffected by this as it’s not going to be applied retrospectively and most of are no stranger to the odd grey hair or twenty. It will apply, though, to your kids and your grandkids and will make life for them, if they want a bike on the road, a lot more difficult. It becomes law next year and there’s not a lot we can do about it so we need to move on and face the next challenge ahead which is, of course, Type Approval and the proposed Super MoT; both of which pose a very real threat to our lifestyle.  
So, at the risk of repeating meself (again!), get yer ‘and in yer pocket and join MAG or the BMF and join in the fight to keep what we hold precious alive. £25 a year to be able to be what defines most of us is a small price to pay, don’t you think?