The Queensland Government have announced changes to motorcycle licensing in Queensland rolling out from October 2016.
These changes affect the requirements for a rider in qualifying for and acquiring a motorcycle license in Queensland. The previous procedure for obtaining a QLD motorcycle license was 3 stages from learner to open. firstly an applicant had to complete a 30 question written or online multiple choice exam, upon passing the applicant qualified for and was issued an LRE classification motorcycle license (Learner Restricted). Once this test was passed the learner couple immediately complete a Q-Ride approved practical riding course to approve their real world riding skills. Once this was passed the rider was approved for an RE license (restricted, to LAMS approved vehicles). After 12 months the rider had the option to take a second practical test on an Open Class Motorcycle (Vehicles too powerful to qualify for LAMS approval). Upon passing this practical exam the rider received an R license (Rider, Open) and was legally permitted to ride any motorcycle complied in Australia.
The new system will see a number of changes to this arrangement. A new motorcycle license applicant will have to adhere to a number of new requirements including:
- Complete a practical pre-learner course before obtaining a motorcycle learner license.
- Learner riders will be required to hold their motorcycle learner license for at least 3 months before progressing to an RE license.
- RE license holders will be required to wait 2 years before being eligible to take an R (open) class practical test, instead of the previous 12 months.
- License holders will be able to carry passengers immediately after they have passed their R class practical test, instead of the previous 12 months wait period before an R class license holder could carry a passenger.