Your Legal Obligations

If you intend to drive, there have certain legal obligations that you and your vehicle must meet before you head out onto the road.

1. You

To drive a vehicle or ride a motorcycle you must:

  • meet driver minimum age requirements
    • 16 years for invalid carriages and mopeds
    • 17 years for car and motorcycles
    • 21 years for large vehicles, minibuses and buses
  • hold the appropriate driving licence for the vehicle being driven
  • have the minimum of third party insurance which covers your use of the vehicle
  • meet the legal eyesight standards

If you are a learner driver, you must also:

You must tell the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) if you:

2. Your Vehicle

To take a vehicle out onto the road, it must: