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Motorcycle Licence Questions and Answers

Why is the Tasmanian Government changing the motorcycling licensing process?

Over a number of years Tasmania has been subject to an increasingly over representation of motorcycle crashes on our roads.

The Tasmanian Government, in line with their Election Commitment to improving road safety for all Tasmanians, has explored all potential avenues to reduce the number of motorcycle deaths and serious injuries in Tasmania.

What is changing?

Tasmania will see a number of changes to the current motorcycle training and assessment process for new motorcycle riders.

The major change will be the introduction of a new two day pre-learner training course which will include on-road motorcycle rider mentoring and coaching activities, to obtain a motorcycle learner licence.

There will also be a new check ride coaching and mentoring activity followed by a new pre-provisional test required to obtain a P1 motorcycle licence.

When do the changes take effect?

The new Program has commence in Devonport and Hobart and will commence in Launceston around December 2017.

If you live within the Northwest or Southern regions or surrounding areas you must undertake the new Program.

If you reside in the Launceston region you may undertake the existing pre-learner until the new Program is rolled out.  Please remember you will also need to undertake the new Bridging Course, Check Ride and Pre Provisional Test.  Refer Existing Motorcycle Learner Licence Holders.

How did the Tasmanian Government identify the new training standards?

The motorcycle training review has investigated what is best practice both in Australia and internationally to inform any recommendations to improve the existing motorcycle pre-learner and pre-provisional training and assessment model.

During the review the Department of State Growth worked closely with VicRoads who had developed a new Victorian motorcycle training curriculum.

The new Victorian curriculum was developed by a team led from the University of New South Wales and professional motorcycle training and riding experts. Prior to the development of the curriculum a review was undertaken to ascertain the effectiveness of national and international rider and driver programs, together with a review of the types of training most likely to be effective in reducing serious and fatal crashes involving new riders.

I have commenced the application process to get my motorcycle learner licence what do the changes mean for me?

Please refer to Existing Motorcycle Learner Licence Holders.

Where can I get information about obtaining a motorcycle licence if I have not applied for one before?

All the information you need is on the Transport Tasmania website

What happens if I am not ready to undergo the on-road ride in the new pre-learner course?

The new two-day pre-learner course is designed using adult learning techniques. It provides the opportunity for trainees to have discussions with the instructors to ensure they have the confidence and appropriate level of bike handling skills before attempting the on-road coaching and mentoring activity.

If you are not ready to attempt the on-road ride you will be encouraged to participate in day two again or undertake further skills training.

What happens if I do not pass my check ride?

The check ride is designed to reinforce and extend safe riding skills and behaviours taught on the new two day pre-learner course.  Participants will receive advice on how well their safe riding skills and behaviours are progressing or whether they should seek further professional riding training to progress to the new pre-provisional test.

When will I progress to a provisional motorcycle licence and how long to I need to be on my provisional licence?

There are no changes to the time or the currently conditions/restrictions to the P1 or P2 motorcycle period. All the information you need can be found on the Transport Tasmania website, refer to 

Why has the cost to get a motorcycle licence increased?

To better train and prepare motorcycle riders to ride safely and avoid becoming involved in a road crash. To do this the duration and complexity of the training has significantly increased.

The Provider has set the cost as approved by the Department of State Growth. State Growth will ensure costs are representative of the training delivered.

I live outside the area where motorcycle training takes place; will there be any assistance to help me get to the required training?

There are no proposed changes to the major training locations in Tasmania. However, training will no longer be undertaken in remote areas. We will be working with service providers on transport options to assist people in attending motorcycle training centres.

Once I have my full motorcycle licence am I required to undertake further training?

Ongoing training is not mandatory, but it is highly recommended.  The Motor Accidents Insurance Board (MAIB) together with the Tasmanian Motorcycle Council offer a subsidised training course designed to refresh and up skill fully licensed motorcycle riders. Particularly those that haven’t ridden a motorcycle in some time.

Where can I find out about road rules for motorcyclists and safety advice?

The Tasmanian Road Rules and Tasmanian Motorcycle Riders Handbook can be downloaded free of charge from the Transport Tasmania website.