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    Q577: What do the different categories mean on my licence?

    The current driving licence categories are shown below:

    A

    a. A motorcycle of a power exceeding 35kW or with a power to weight ratio exceeding 0.2kW per kg, or
    b. A motorcycle of a power not exceeding 35kW with a power to weight ratio not exceeding 0.2kW per kg and derived from a vehicle of more than double its power.
    c. A motor tricycle with a power exceeding 15kW.

    A1

    a. A motorcycle with a cylinder capacity not exceeding 125cc, of a power not exceeding 11kW and with a power to weight ratio not exceeding 0.1kW per kg.
    b. A motor tricycle with a power not exceeding 15kW.

    A2

    A motorcycle of a power not exceeding 35kW, with a power to weight ratio not exceeding 0.2kW per kg and not derived from a vehicle of more than double its power.

    A3

    a. A motor bicycle of a power exceeding 35kW or with a power to weight ratio exceeding 0.2kW per kg; or
    b. A motor bicycle of a power not exceeding 35kW with a power to weight ratio not exceeding 0.2kW per kg and derived from a vehicle of more than double its power.
    c. A motor tricycle with a power exceeding 15kw.

    B (Cars)
    a. Motor vehicles with a MAM not exceeding 3500kg and designed and constructed for the carriage of no more than eight passengers in addition to the driver with a trailer up to 750kg.
    b. Motor vehicles with a MAM not exceeding 3500kg and designed and constructed for the carriage of no more than eight passengers in addition to the driver with a trailer over 750kg, where the combination MAM is not exceeding 3500kg.

    B (Automatic)
    As cars, but with automatic transmission.

    BE (Small vehicles and trailers)
    Combinations of vehicles consisting of a vehicle in category B and a trailer, where the combination does not come within category B, and the MAM of the trailer or semi-trailer does not exceed 3500kg.

    C (Large goods vehicles)
    Vehicles over 3500kg with a trailer up to 750kg, and designed and constructed for the carriage of no more than eight passengers in addition to the driver.

    CE (Large goods vehicles with trailers)
    Vehicles over 3500kg and designed and constructed for the carriage of no more than eight passengers in addition to the driver with a trailer over 750kg.

    C1 (Medium sized vehicles)
    Vehicles between 3500kg and 7500kg, and designed and constructed for the carriage of no more than eight passengers in addition to the driver with a trailer up to 750kg.

    C1E (Medium sized vehicles and trailers)
    Vehicles between 3500kg and 7500kg with a trailer over 750kg and designed and constructed for the carriage of no more than eight passengers in addition to the driver – combined weight not more than 12000kg.

    D (Buses)
    Any bus designed and constructed for the carriage of more than eight passengers in addition to the driver, with a trailer up to 750kg.

    DE (Buses with trailers)
    Any bus designed and constructed for the carriage of more than eight passengers in addition to the driver, with a trailer over 750kg.

    D1 (Minibuses)
    Vehicles with no more than 16 passenger seats in addition to the driver and with a maximum length not exceeding eight metres with a trailer up to 750kg.

    D1E (Minibuses with trailers)
    Vehicles with no more than 16 passenger seats in addition to the driver and with a maximum length not exceeding 8 metres with a trailer over 750kg, provided that the MAM of the combination formed does not exceed 12000kg.

    p (Moped)
    Motor vehicles with fewer than four wheels with a maximum design speed exceeding 45km/h but not exceeding 50km/h and which, if propelled by an internal combustion engine, has a cylinder capacity not exceeding 50cc.

    q (Moped)
    Motor vehicles with fewer than four wheels which, if propelled by an internal combustion engine, has a cylinder capacity not exceeding 50cc and, if not equipped with pedals by means of which the vehicle is capable of being propelled, has a maximum design speed not exceeding 25km/h.

    f
    Agricultural tractors.

    g
    Road rollers.

    h
    Tracked vehicles.

    k
    Mowing machines or vehicles controlled by someone on foot.

    If you obtained your licence before 19.01.13, the following link explains the categories shown on it:

    https://www.gov.uk/old-driving-licence-categories

    The above information is subject to Crown copyright and has been reproduced from the DVLA website.

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