Motorcycle licence and learner permit restrictions

Learn about the restrictions that apply when you're a learner and licenced motorcycle rider.

Rider Responsibility

It is your responsibility to make sure that you only ride an approved motorcycle. Visit approved motorcycles for novice riders for a list of LAMS (Learner Approved Motorcycle) motorcycles.

During your learner permit period, you:

  • must not ride a motorcycle unless the headlight(s) of the motorcycle are on at all times
  • must wear an approved high visibility vest or jacket that is visible and securely fitted and fastened (refer to the high visibility vest or jacket section, below)
  • must only ride a motorcycle fitted with an automatic transmission if you passed the learner permit skill assessment on an automatic transmission motorcycle
  • must display an 'L' plate on the rear of the motorcycle that is clearly visible from a distance of 20 metres at all times whilst riding
  • must carry your learner permit or receipt every time you drive
  • must not ride a motorcycle other than a learner approved motorcycle (LAMS)
  • must not ride a motorcycle carrying a pillion passenger (a motorcycle with a sidecar is acceptable with a passenger)
  • must have a zero Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) when riding a motorcycle
  • must not ride a motorcycle which is towing a trailer or another vehicle
  • must wear an approved protective helmet at all times when riding
  • must not use a mobile phone of any kind (not even a hands-free, or hand-held to message) including a GPS

The following restrictions will be shown on your licence card as an 'E' condition.

You:

  • must not ride a motorcycle unless the headlight(s) of the motorcycle are on at all times
  • must only ride a motorcycle fitted with an automatic transmission if you passed the motorcycle licence skill assessment on a motorcycle fitted with an automatic transmission
  • must carry your driver licence or receipt every time you drive
  • must not ride a motorcycle other than a learner approved motorcycle (LAMS)
  • must not ride a motorcycle carrying a pillion passenger (a motorcycle and sidecar is acceptable with a passenger)
  • must have a zero Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) when riding a motorcycle
  • must not ride a motorcycle which is towing a trailer or another vehicle
  • must wear an approved protective helmet at all times when riding
  • must not use a mobile phone for any purpose (hands free or hand held), including sending or reading text messages, when the motorcycle is moving or stationary in traffic.

I have a P1 or P2 probationary motorcycle licence

In addition to the above, all P1 and P2 probationary licence restrictions apply. 

All motorcycle learners must wear a high visibility vest or jacket. The high visibility vest or jacket must meet one of the standards listed below and have a label or mark on the garment that shows the standard.

The standards for a day and night high-visibility vest or jacket are: 

A high visibility vest

  • AS/NZS 4602.1:2011 
  • International Standard ISO 20471:2013 "High visibility clothing—Test methods and requirements"
  • American National Standard ANSI/ISEA 107-2015 "High-Visibility safety apparel & accessories"
  • BS EN ISO 20471:2013+A1:2016 “High-visibility warning clothing for professional use. Test methods and requirements”

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