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    Can You Drive a Moped on a Car License in Ireland?

    In Ireland, there are very specific licenses that determine which category of vehicle you can drive, which range from motorcycles, mopeds, car and work vehicles, buses and trucks, and trailers. In this article, we will explain the various licenses for mopeds and motorcycles that you can apply for.

    Whether you have a driver’s license or a learner’s permit, you are only allowed to drive the category of vehicle that you license or permit was issued for. It is possible to add vehicles of other categories onto your license, but the type of vehicle will determine whether or not you must retake a driving test to prove your ability to handle the vehicle. For instance, if your license permits you to drive a car, you can also drive a tractor even though a car is a Category B vehicle and a tractor is a Category W vehicle. This is also true of the Motorcycle and Moped Category AM, which is available to drivers with a Category B license.

    Motorcycle and Mopeds

    Category Type of Vehicle Age Requirement
    AM Mopeds with a max. speed of 45kph Must be at least 16 years old
    A1 Motorcycles of 11kW (kilowatts per hour) or less Must be at least 16 years old
    A2 Motorcycles of 35kW (kilowatts per hour) or less Must be at least 18 years old
    A Motorcycles and motor tricycles Must be at least 24 years old (or 20 years old with progressive access*)

    Car and Work Vehicle

    Category Type of Vehicle Age Requirement
    *B Vehicles for 8 or less passengers Must be at least 17 years old
    W Work vehicles such as a tractor Must be at least 16 years old
    *If you have a learner’s permit, you cannot pull a trailer behind your category B vehicle 

    *What is Progressive Access?

    Progressive Access applies to Motorcycle and Moped Categories A2 and A and means that you may be able to obtain a license of a higher category than your age might allow under certain situations and conditions. For instance, if you are 20 years old and have had an A2 license for 2 years with a clean driving record, you can complete a training course to apply for a Category A license. For information regarding training services, please feel free to contact the National Driving School.

    Motorcycle and Moped Regulations

    Helmets

    • Any rider on a moped must be wearing a helmet at all times while driving.

    Tax and Insurance

    • Any owner or driver of a moped must have a motor tax disc* and proof of insurance before allowed to drive the moped.
    • *Motor Tax is a mandatory system for private cars which requires owners to pay an annual fee to be allowed to use public roads in Ireland

    Licenses

    • Any individual driving a moped must have their license or learner’s permit with them at all times in case of emergency or for identification.

    Moped Passengers

    • If you have a learner’s permit, it is illegal to transport any passengers with you.

    Legal Alcohol Limits

    • Any person with a Category B license is subject to the following legal alcohol limits:

    0.05% Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC)

    • 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood
    • 67 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of urine
    • 22 micrograms of alcohol per 100 milliliters of breath
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    Driving with a BAC between 80mg and 100mg

    • Any driver caught driving under the influence with an assumed blood alcohol content between 80 milligrams and 100 milligrams will be arrested and brought in for a breathalyzer test.
    • If a driver is officially confirmed to have a blood alcohol content between 80 milligrams and 100 milligrams, they will be given a fine of €400 and will be banned from driving for six months.

    Driving with a BAC of 100mg or higher

    • Any driver caught driving under the influence with an assumed blood alcohol content of 100 milligrams or higher will be arrested and brought in for a breathalyzer test.
    • If an individual tests above 100 milligrams, they will face an automatic court appearance and will be banned from driving for a minimum of 12 months.

    Please note that an individual with a Category B license cannot drive a moped with a side car.

    The National Driving School hopes that this article was beneficial to your understanding of licenses in regard to driving mopeds. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us at 085-118-1111 or info@nationaldrivingschool.ie.

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