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What about driving?

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Driving licence
To drive a vehicle or ride a motorcycle legally in the UK you must:
• hold the appropriate driving licence for the vehicle being driven
• meet driver minimum age requirements
• meet the legal eyesight standards

As a learner driver you must:

• be supervised by a qualified driver (not if riding a motorcycle)
• display L plates (L = learner; these are white signs with an "L" in red).

A general guide to the minimum age requirement for driving legally in the UK is shown below:

Age
16 years
Invalid carriages; mopeds; mowing machines.
17 years
Light motor cycles; motor tricycles/quadricycles; light cars/vans; agricultural tractors.
18 years
Medium vehicles with or without small trailers with a combined weight of under 7500Kg
21 years
Heavy goods vehicles with or without trailers; road rollers; tracked vehicles

If you have a European Union (EU) driving licence you can drive legally with it in the UK until you are 70 years old or three years after becoming resident, whichever period is the longest. If you have an EU driving licence, you can exchange it for a UK licence if you wish, but this is not compulsory.

The penalty points system

Penalty points are given for driving offences.

New drivers

If you build up six or more penalty points within two years of passing your first driving test, your driving licence will be automatically nullified. You will have to reapply for your driving licence as a learner driver and resit your driving test.

Driving over 2 years of passing your driving test...

If you gain 12 or more penalty points within a period of three years you will be liable to be disqualified from driving.

Information provided by DVLA