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    How do I get a Motorcycle Licence?


                We all have to start somewhere.

                To ride on New Zealand roads, you must be Licenced.

To achieve a NZ Motorcycle Learner Licence, you will need to complete two separate tests. 

   -   The first part comprising of a Practical Test - The Basic Handling Skills Test
   -   The second part being a Written Test - based on the New Zealand Road Code

You must pass the Basic Handling Skills test before applying for the written test.

   Help!  I need some training, I don't know how to ride!

Not a problem!

We have a range of different packages that have the Basic Handling Skills Test included (so you can get your Motorcycle Learners Licence)

Click on the link HERE to see which one would suit your level of experience best.


    What is the Basic Handling Skills test?

The Basic Handling Skills Test (BHS test for short), is a practical riding test to see if you have mastered the basic skills that will keep you safe on the road while you’re working towards your full licence. This is the first step towards attaining a NZ Motorcycle Learner Licence.

RIDER TRAINING (NZ) is a NZTA approved trainer and tester of the Basic Handling Skills Test.  We conduct these tests (as well as training to prepare you for this test) at our private purpose-built training grounds in Henderson.

    What do I have to do in the BHS test?

What is involved in a basic handling skills test?

On 1 November 2012, changes came into effect to strengthen the basic handling skills test (BHST) and improve the safety of motorcyclists.

The basic handling skills test consists of four stages:
  Stage 1. Basic turn and stop
  Stage 2. Figure of eight and park
  Stage 3. Linking figures of eight
  Stage 4. Increased speed and emergency stop




Each stage is broken down
into varying combinations
of the following tasks:



  -  Move off

  -  Straight ride
 
  -  Corner

  -  Stop

  -  Park

In completing the tasks above you will be assessed against the relevant assessment items below.  These are what are considered the 'General Tasks':

Looking - In the correct direction
Signalling - Using indicator correctly and timely
Head Checks - Making head checks before changing position
Lateral position - Riding position of motorcycle within the lane / cornering
Control - Correct use of all Motorcycle Controls, not stalling etc
Speed - Using appropriate speed, approx 20kph for Emergency Stop
Parking observation - Correct checking before parking
Parking movement - Correct placement of Motorcycle when parking

There are also other requirements that the Instructor will be looking out for while you conduct these exercises.

Critical Errors are:
Leaves Lane - Rides over a circle line (white) or outside of the first course line (yellow)
Loss of Control - Self explanatory
Wheel loses Contact - Front or Rear wheel loses contact with test area surface

Immediate Failure Errors are:

Leaves Course - Goes past the first course line and makes contact with the outside (white) line
Falls off - Self explanatory
Fails to follow instructions - Self Explanatory
Intervention - The Instructor has to intervene to prevent injury or loss

    You will not PASS the Basic Handling Skills Test if:

          You make more than 15 'general' errors or
            You make more than 2 critical errors or
              You get 1 Immediate Failure Error

Please note, the BHS test is conducted in a 'confined area' as per the NZTA requirements. If you do not have very good low speed skills / have difficulty with the throttle or tight cornering - we do highly recommend a practice session before sitting the test.  We offer a range of different courses depending on your experience level - BHS Courses

          Check out the NZTA Video of the BHS Test HERE

                        Here is our version HERE


    I have passed the BHS test, what's next?

Well Done!  Welcome to the Motorcycle Community....

Once you have passed the BHS test, you will be presented with a Basic Handling Skills Certificate (usually on the same day).  You will need to take this with you when applying for your learner licence at your closest NZTA agency (either AA, VTNZ or Onroad).

You will need to:

-  Complete the application form (DL9)
-  Produce your Basic Handling Skills Certificate
-  Show identification and evidence of your address
-  Pay the appropriate fees
-  Sit the theory test
-  Pass an eye sight test
-  Have your photograph taken (Smile!)
-  Provide your signature on an electronic pad

It is highly recommended to purchase a copy or use the online version of NZ Road code for Motorcyclists and study the Road code as you will be tested on this for your theory test.


    Completing the Learners Licence

When you've passed the theory test you'll be given a temporary licence, valid for 21 days, to use until you receive your learner licence in the mail.  Your learner licence should arrive within two to three weeks.  You will notice that your new licence will show 6L which means 6 is for Motorcycle and L is for Learner.  


   CONGRATULATIONS!


   You are now a Learner Rider and can legally ride on the road!

****  But don't forget to keep to the conditions of the Learner licence!  ****


-  You must display an “L” plate attached to the rear of the motorcycle
-  Ride an LAMS approved Motorcycle
-  Must not ride between the hours of 10pm and 5am
-  You must not carry pillion passengers
-  You must carry your learners licence at all times
-  You must not drink alcohol before riding

If you're under 20, Effectively a zero limit - consuming one drink will mean a rider can be charged with drink driving.

If you're over 20, Your riding, however, may be affected well before you reach the legal alcohol limit. It would be best practice not to have a drink when you intend to ride.


This is a very brief summary of how to get a motorcycle licence - for more information you will need a copy of The Official New Zealand Road Code and Licence Guide for Motorcyclists or visit the New Zealand Transport Agency website (NZTA)


    I've got my Learners Licence, where to next?

As of the 1st March 2014, there will be two alternative options of getting your Restricted and Full Licences.  The standard 'Practical' way and the new CBTA. The CBTA is an alternative system coming in that will reduce your waiting time between Licence stages as well as give you feedback on how you are riding. 

  Competency Based Training and Assessment (CBTA)

CBT1 Learner - Restricted
Is a new training and assessment option for people getting their motorcycle licence. There is two stages available; CBT1 is for Learners wanting to go onto their Restricted Licence and CBT2 is for Restricted holders wanting to go up to a Full Licence. 

There is no theory or classroom involved in the CBTA, it consists only of:

  -  A pre-ride safety check of your Motorcycle (conducted together)
  -  A pre-ride briefing
  -  The actual ride - Onroad assessment approx 1hour for CBT1
  -  Then a debrief / issuing of certificate if successful or training plan


Instead of taking the practical test with a Testing Officer at each stage of your licence, you have your riding skills assessed by an approved CBTA assessor (Motorcycle Instructor).  Although training isn't compulsory, it is recommend you complete training before attempting the assessment ride. This will ensure that you have the necessary riding skills and you're fully prepared to do the assessment. The assessments are designed to ensure you're competent in a prescribed range of riding skills, which are important to keep you safe when riding on our NZ roads.


You can complete a CBT1 Assessment Ride any time after attaining your Learners. Once you have successfully completed the CBT1 (Learners - Restricted) the Instructor will issue you with a certificate that you present to your local NZTA agency. 

Go to - Applying for a Restricted Licence for the next step.

  The Practical Test Option

This was the system before CBTA was launched - it is still in use if you decide not to do the CBTA path.  To use 'The Practical Test' system, you must hold your Learner Licence for at least 6 months before being able to apply for the Restricted Licence.  Before applying for your restricted licence you must pass a practical riding test. This test is known as the "Restricted Licence Practical Test" and is conducted by a Testing Officer usually following behind you in a car. It has been designed to test your riding ability in a range of traffic situations and on various different road conditions.

  Applying for a Restricted Motorcycle Licence - (Class 6R)

To apply for your Restricted Licence you will need to:

-  Hold a learner licence for at least six months; Only applies to Practical Test
-  Go to your to your nearest driver licensing agent,
-  Complete an application form and pay the appropriate fees
-  Pass the restricted licence practical test;  or present CBT1 certificate
-  Pass an eyesight screening check;
-  Have your photograph taken
-  Provide a signature

On completing your Restricted application successfully, you will be given a temporary licence, valid for 21 days, to use until you receive your new restricted licence in the mail. 
A reminder, you must carry your driver licence at all times when you ride!

Restricted licence conditions
Holders of a restricted licence must carry their restricted licence with them at all times when you are riding and adhere to the following conditions:

-  Ride a LAMS approved Motorcycle
-  Not ride between the hours of 10pm and 5am
-  Must not carry a pillion passenger
-  Best practice is to not drink any alcohol before you ride

However, you can say goodbye to the L plate!



  Awesome! I've passed the Restricted test, whats next?

Again you have a choice of the older system - The Practical Test option or the new CBTA which has an added benefit of reducing your waiting time from 18months (practical test option) down to 12months (CBTA option).

  Competency Based Training and Assessment (CBTA)

CBT2 Restricted - Full

To do a CBT2 Assessment Test you must have had your 6R (Restricted Motorcycle) for at least 12 months.  One of the great benefits of completing a CBT2 Assessment Ride is it shaves off 6 months waiting time to your Full Licence.

There is no theory or classroom involved in the CBTA, it consists only of:

  -  A pre-ride safety check of your Motorcycle (conducted together)
  -  A pre-ride briefing
  -  The actual ride - Onroad assessment approx 30mins for CBT2
  -  Then a debrief / issuing of certificate if successful or training plan

Once you have successfully completed the CBT2 (Restricted - Full) the Instructor will issue you with a certificate that you present to your local NZTA agency. 

Go to - Applying for a Full Licence for the next step.

  Practical Test Option

You will need to be at least 18 years of age and have held your restricted licence for at least 18 months before you can apply for your full licence.

The full licence test is another practical test to demonstrate that you:

- Have basic riding skills
- Scan, recognise and respond to a range of common road hazards
- Scan, ride in higher speed zones.

  Applying for a Full Motorcycle Licence - (Class 6)

To obtain your Full licence you must:

-  Pay the appropriate fees for the test (Practical Option only) and full licence application
-  Pass the full licence test or present CBT2 cert
-  Pass an eyesight screening check
-  Have your photograph taken
-  And provide a signature

On successfully completing the full licence application you will be given a temporary licence, valid for 21 days, to use until you receive your full licence in the mail. Your new full Class 6 (Motorcycle) licence should arrive within 2-3 weeks.


    Now I have a Full Licence, what can I do?


Well Done!


You now have no restrictions on Motorcycle size,
riding hours & can take pillions. 



Time to go bike shopping!





This is a very brief summary of how to get a motorcycle licence - for more information you will need a copy of The Official New Zealand Road Code and Licence Guide for Motorcyclists or visit the New Zealand Transport Agency website - www.nzta.govt.nz (NZTA).