What are restrictions of A2? Is that under 300cc? Do you have another one for under 500 or 600cc?
Under the new regs (from January 19th) there are 6 classes of licence.
Three are moped licences, AM, and I think the others are P & Q. Sounds complex, but it's because older mopeds were rated at 31 mph instead of the new EU 28 mph rating (AM licence) and riders with 31 mph entitlement will keep it. In some EU countries there is a 14 mph 'ped which needs no licence. We don't have that in the UK, but the 28 mph licence, by some quirk of European law, doesn't cover the 14 mph 'ped so we have an extra licence for that. You get it automatically with the other 'ped licences so it's only a technicality.
The A1 (light motorcycle) licence is for bikes no bigger than 125cc and 15 bhp.
The A2 (intermediate motorcycle) licence is for bikes of under 47 bhp. The test must be taken on a bike of at least 400cc. A more powerful bike can be ridden as long as it's restricted to 47 bhp, but it must be of no more than 95 bhp in its unrestricted form and the restrictor can't be operated by something like a switch.
The A licence is unlimited. The test must be taken on a bike of at least 600cc and 56 bhp.
If you have two years experience on a bike of the next category down the test is a shortened one just to prove that you can manage the bigger bike. The minimum age for the A licence is 24, unless you have two years experience with an A2 licence. The minimum age for an A2 licence is 19.
With any motorcycle licence you automatically get the licences for all the lower categories.
The provisional licence covers all vehicles, as a learner, with different conditions applying according to the vehicle.
For 'ped and A1 bikes you can ride them with no restrictions on use except that you can't use motorways or carry a passenger and you must display L plates. For all other vehicles you must be accompanied by a qualified driver or instructor (instructor in radio contact for bikes) as well as displaying L plates.
Chris - the rules on provisional licences are local rules and won't be affected unless Gib decides to do something. The practical test has to meet minimum EU standards, but there's a fair bit of local discretion. There has to be a control and maneouverability test which includes figure 8s, controlled and emergency braking and a swerve test as well as the road test. Do the new rules come in on the same date in Gib?