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Changes to minimum ages and test requirements of driving licences issued

New minimum ages for driving licences categories C, CE, D and D1E  are being introduced as from January 19.

The minimum age of category B licences, which is the licence for normal passenger cars, remains unchanged.

Transport Malta said the changes were in line with an EU directive, which has been transposed in Malta's legislation.

Other measures to be taken include the reclassification of motorcycle categories, including the introduction of a new category for mopeds and new minimum ages for motorcycle categories, and changes to the theory and practical tests for motorcycle categories.

The changes can be seen in the tables below:

 

Category

Description

Minimum Age to Obtain the Category Licence

 

 

Column 2

Up to the 18th January 2013

Column 3

As of the 19th January 2013

(where a person does not hold a Driver CPC)

Column 4

As of the 19th January 2013

(where a person holds a Driver CPC)

C1, C1E

Motor vehicles with a max authorised mass of between 3,500kg and 7,500kg; motor vehicles in this sub-category may be combined with a trailer having a max authorised mass which does not exceed 750kg. C1E refers to a combination of C1 vehicle and trailer having a max authorised mass of over 750kg, provided the max authorised mass of the combination does not exceed 12,000kg and that the max authorised mass of the trailer does not exceed the unladen mass of the tractor vehicle.

19

19 (same)

19 (same)

C, CE

Motor vehicles with a max authorised mass exceeding 3,500kg; motor vehicles in this category may be combined with a trailer having a max authorised mass which does not exceed 750kg. CE refers to a combination of a category C vehicle with trailer having a max authorised mass over 750kg.

19

21

19

D1, D1E

Motor vehicles used for the carriage of no more than 16 passengers in addition to the driver and with a maximum length not exceeding 8 metres. Motor vehicles in this category may be combined with a trailer having a max authorised mass not exceeding 750kg. D1E refers to a combination of D1 vehicle and trailer having a max authorised mass of over 750kg.

20

21

20

D, DE

Motor vehicles used for the carriage of more than eight passengers in addition to the driver; D category vehicles can be combined with a trailer having a max authorized mass which does not exceed 750kg. DE is a combination of D category vehicle and trailer having a maximum authorised mass exceeding 750kg.

20

24

21

Category

Description of Category

Current Minimum Age

New Minimum Age (as of January 2013)

Tests Required

AM

Two-wheel vehicles (mopeds) or three-wheel vehicles with a maximum design speed of not more than 45 km/h

 

Light quadricycles with a maximum design speed of not more than 45 km/h, and a power output not exceeding 4 kW in the case of other internal combustion engines, or whose maximum continuous rated power does not exceed 4 kW in the case of an electric motor.

N/A as this is a new category

18 years

Theory: New test for Category AM which is identical to Category A1

 

Practical: New test of around 40m including on road driving, and manoeuvres in a confined area.

A1

Motorcycles with a cylinder capacity not exceeding 125cc, and of a power not exceeding 11 kW, and with a power/weight ratio not exceeding 0.1 kW/kg,

 

Motor tricycles with a power not exceeding 15 kW.

18 years

18 years

Theory: The existing test for Category A1 has been improved in line with the requirements of Annex II of Directive 2006/126.

 

Practical: Test of around 40m including new manoeuvres in a confined area.

A2

Motorcycles of a power not exceeding 35 kW and with a power/weight ratio not exceeding 0.2 kW/kg and not derived from a vehicle of more than double its power.

 

This replaces Category A

18 years

20 years

Theory: The existing test for Category A (now reclassified as A2) has been improved in line with the requirements of Annex II of Directive 2006/126.

 

Practical: Test of around 40m including new manoeuvres in a confined area.

A

Motorcycles having a power exceeding 35kW and an engine power output of at least 40kW (53.6bhp).

 

Motor tricycles with a power exceeding 15 kW.

 

This replaces Category A+

21 years

Either 22 years and at least two years’ experience with Category A2; or at least 24 years for direct access

Theory: The existing test for Category A+ (now reclassified as A) has been improved in line with the requirements of Annex II of Directive 2006/126.

 

Practical: Test of around 40m including new manoeuvres in a confined area.

 

 

Progression

Minimum experience

Theory Test

Practical Test

Category AM to A1

None required

No test required

Must pass test for A1

Category A1 to A2

None required

Must pass test for A2

Must pass test for A2

Category A2 to A

Two years in A2

No test required

Must pass test for A

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