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Learner and Probationary Motorcycle Restrictions

Conditions for Riding on your Learner Permit
If you are issued with a motorcycle licence/learners permit you are required:

  • To wear an approved helmet while riding
  • Carry your licence/learner permit at all times while riding the motorcycle

 

A person issued with a motorcycle licence for the first time will have the following restrictions placed on their licence for 12 months from the date the motorcycle licence is issued:
  • If your motorcycle licence was issued before 1 July 2008, you may ride any motorcycle not exceeding 260cc or any Learner approved motorcycle. If your motorcycle licence was issued on or after 1 July 2008 you may only ride any learner approved motorcycle. View the approved list of motorcycles for novice riders, here.
  • You must not ride a motorcycle while carrying a pillion passenger (a motorcycle and sidecar is acceptable with a passenger)
  • You must have a zero blood alcohol concentration (BAC) when riding a motorcycle

Including the above restrictions, after you get your learner permit you can ride your motorcycle under the following addtional conditions. When riding you must:

  • Display your 'L' plate on the back of your scooter or motorcycle
  • Not tow a trailer behind your motorcycle

Including the above restrictions, if you are issued with a probationary motorcycle licence, the following restrictions apply until the end of your probationary period. When riding you must:
  • Display a 'P' plate on the rear of the motorcycle only
  • Zero BAC