With the motorcycle licencing rules having changed substantially on the 1st October 2016, we have a lot of people asking
“How do I get my Motorcycle Licence in Queensland?”
First things first, there are two motorcycle licence classes in Queensland:
- RE (restricted to learner approved motorcycles)
- R (unrestricted — may ride any motorcycle)
All new riders must complete several training stages to obtain an unrestricted, R motorcycle licence.
Training stages are usually:
- Pre-learner course
- Knowledge test
- RE learner licence
- Restricted (RE) course
- RE provisional or open licence
- Unrestricted (R) course
- R provisional or open licence
To achieve stages 1-3 you will need to have held a provisional or open car licence for at least 1 year, successfully complete the Q-Ride pre-learner court and pass a motorcycle knowledge test. Of course, you must be medically fit to ride as well.
Once you’ve got your RE Learner Licence, you can ride a learner approved motorcycle.while under supervision. Your supervisor must have held an open licence for the class of bike you are learning on for at least one year.
Note you must be displaying an L plate at the rear of your motorcycle or scooter. Alternatively you can wear a vest with a capital “L” on the back of it.
You cannot carry your supervision as a pillion passenger. They can supervise you from a sidecar attached to your motorcycle, or they can follow you from a safe distance on another motorcycle or in another vehicle.
You must carry your licence with you at all times, you must not ride under the influence of drugs and have a 0,00% BAC.
Once you have held your learner licence for at leave 3 months, you can then complete the Q-Ride restricted (RE) course to upgrade to a class RE provisional or open licence.
Note: If you got your RE learner licence before 1 October 2016, there is no minimum time that you must hold your learner licence if you complete the Q-Ride restricted (RE) course.
For more information on how to get your Motorcycle Licence in Queensland, contact Michael at Sunshine Coast Motorcycle Rider Training on 0418879820 or 54424806. He’s open 7 days a week from 6am to 8pm.