Since January 1st 2021 motorbikes and scooters (including electric) up to 125 cc capacity (A1) will be allowed to be driven in Switzerland from the age of 16 instead of 18 as it was previously the case. The Federal Council is thus adapting the Swiss regulation to the EU regulations which have been in place for several years.
No more direct entry into motorbike category A from the age of 25
Direct entry for large motorbikes from the age of 25 (motorbike category “A unrestricted”) has been abolished in Switzerland from the 1st of January 2021 onwards. The new rule applying now obliges to drive a motorbike with a maximum power of 35 kW (48 hp) for two years and only then will one be able to take the "A unrestricted" motorbike test.
Furthermore, the practical basic training has been adapted. Regardless of the motorbike category, 12 hours of practical basic training are required. Once completed, the exam results remain valid.
No more exam-free category A1, instead it can be obtained from the age of 16
From 2021, every category will have to pass an examination. If one has a driving licence category B, one only has to complete the basic course 1 + 2 to obtain the A1.