A Comprehensive Guide to Motorcycle and Scooter Licensing with JT's Motorcycles in Swansea

POSTED: 01/09/2023

If you're in Swansea and considering the convenience of riding a moped, it's crucial to understand the licensing requirements. In this comprehensive guide, we'll walk you through everything you need to know about moped licensing, with a focus on how it applies to riders in Swansea, courtesy of JT's Motorcycles.

Section 1: What Is a Moped?

Mopeds are small, lightweight vehicles known for their efficiency and ease of use. To qualify as a moped, a vehicle must meet specific criteria:

  • Engine Capacity: A moped typically has an engine not exceeding 50cc.
  • Maximum Speed: It should have a maximum design speed of around 31 miles per hour (50 kilometres per hour).

If you obtained your full car license before February 1, 2001, there's good news—you might not need to complete CBT to ride a moped, especially with the expert guidance of JT's Motorcycles in Swansea.

Section 2: Moped Criteria

To be legally classified as a moped, a vehicle must meet the following criteria:

  • Engine Capacity: The engine capacity should not exceed 50cc.
  • Weight: The moped must not weigh more than 250kg.
  • Maximum Speed: It should have a maximum speed not exceeding 28mph (45 km/h).

It's worth noting that before June 2003, licenses allowed the riding of mopeds up to 50 km/h.

Section 3: Licensing Requirements

To ride a moped legally in Swansea, you must:

  • Age: Be 16 years or older.
  • Provisional Moped License: Hold a provisional moped license.
  • CBT Training: Complete Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) with JT's Motorcycles in Swansea.

CBT plays a crucial role in ensuring safe riding on Swansea's roads and equipping you with the necessary skills under the expert guidance of JT's Motorcycles.

Section 4: Obtaining a Full Moped License

To obtain a full moped license in Swansea, follow these steps:

  • Theory Test: Pass the theory test for motorcycles.
  • Practical Test: Successfully complete the moped practical test.

If you passed your car driving test before February 1, 2001, you may be exempt from displaying L plates or D plates when riding a moped in Swansea. However, it is recommended that you complete CBT with JT's Motorcycles for safety.

If you passed your car driving test after February 1, 2001, completing CBT is mandatory before riding a moped on the road in Swansea.


Understanding moped licensing requirements in Swansea is essential for safe and legal riding in the city. Always adhere to the criteria outlined for mopeds and consider completing CBT, even if you're exempt, for your safety and the safety of others on Swansea's roads.

By following the rules and regulations outlined in this guide, you can enjoy the freedom and convenience of riding a moped in Swansea while ensuring your own safety and that of fellow road users.

We hope you found this guide informative. If you have any questions or would like to share your experiences, please feel free to leave a comment below. For those considering CBT training in Swansea, JT's Motorcycles offers expert guidance and support tailored to the city's unique riding conditions. Explore our CBT training options on our website.

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