Learn to ride a LAMS motorcycle (R-E)

You can apply for a learner's permit to ride a LAMS approved motorcycle (R-E class) vehicle once you are 16 years of age. There are 6 steps involved in getting a licence that allows you to ride a LAMS approved motorcycle.

  Motorcycle Safety Reform, public consultation (23 June - 23 July 2018)

DoT and the Road Safety Commission are conducting a joint public consultation on a number of initiatives relating to proposed motorcycle safety reform.

We invite all road users to participate in this important stage of consultation via completion of a survey, open until 23 July 2018.

Please familiarise yourself with the 'Motorcycle Safety Consultation Paper' below and follow the link to submit your survey responses online, alternatively you may complete the hard copy survey at the end of the consultation paper and post to:

  • Assistant Director Strategy
    Road Safety Commission
    PO Box 6348
    East Perth WA 6892.

If you have any questions you may email MCSafety@rsc.wa.gov.au

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Motorcycle Safety Survey - Have your say

  Motorcycle and trike motorcycle (R-E class) LAMS approved

A Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme (LAMS) approved motorcycle with an engine capacity not exceeding 660 cc and with a power to weight ratio not exceeding 150 kW/t (with foot or hand operated clutch).

RE LAMS class vehicle

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Trike Motorcycle (R-E class) LAMS approved

Trikes are defined as 'a motor vehicle with 3 wheels, but do not include a 2 wheeled motor vehicle with a sidecar attached to it that is supported by a third wheel'.

A person who completes a practical riding assessment on a trike does not demonstrate sufficient balance skills for the Director General to be satisfied that they can safely ride two wheeled motorcycles.

Accordingly, the R-E or R class granted to these applicants will be restricted with condition code 31 (restricted to ride motor trikes only).

These applicants are subject to the same eligibility criteria as other motorcycle applicants (e.g. they must hold an R-E class for 12 months before applying for an R class etc).

Experience required to upgrade your licence or remove a restriction When you can start learning to drive Licence authorisation
No experience required (minimum age 17 years). As soon as you turn 16 years of age. If you are authorised to drive R-E class vehicles you may ride any:
  • Motorcycle (with or without a side car) that is listed as a LAMS approved motorcycle.
  • LAMS approved motor carrier.
  • A motor vehicle authorised to be driven by a licence of the preceding motorcycle class.

  What is LAMS?

Female motorcycle rider wearing safety gear

The Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme (LAMS) was implemented in Western Australia on 14 January 2013 to increase the range, frame size and style of suitable scooters and motorcycles that can be ridden on an R-E class licence.

The scheme is based on recommendations from the Graduated Rider Training and Licensing project as better practice in motorcycle licensing.

Under the scheme, all new R-E class licence holders will be qualified on LAMS-approved motorcycles. Existing R-E class licence holders must only ride LAMS-approved motorcycles and have 12 months to either change motorcycles or upgrade to an unrestricted R class licence.

The scheme does not affect existing moped or R class licence holders.

Please also download the frequently asked questions for more information.

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  What does it mean to me?

R-E class licence holders

Under the Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme (LAMS), it is the responsibility of R-E class licence holders to ensure that they are only riding on LAMS-approved motorcycles.

R-E class learner's permit holders

R-E class learner's permit holders may only take their Practical Driving Assessments using motorcycles approved under the Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme (LAMS).

You will not be allowed to take the Practical Driving Assessment if your motorcycle is not LAMS-approved, and no refunds will be given.

R class Practical Driving Assessments

Implementation of the Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme (LAMS) means that unrestricted R class Practical Driving Assessments may only be undertaken on motorcycles with power-to-weight ratio exceeding 150 kW/t or an engine capacity exceeding 660 cc.

Motorcycles between 250 cc and 660 cc, which are currently used for R class Practical Driving Assessments, will no longer be suitable to assess riding competency for unrestricted R class motorcycles.

If you wish to take a practical assessment for an unrestricted R class licence, you will need to use a motorcycle that exceeds the LAMS specifications.

  Get your motorcycle added to or removed from the LAMS list

If you are an R-E class licence holder riding:

  • An ICV motorcycle (kit bike).
  • An import (not approved by federal Department of Infrastructure and Transport).
  • A motorcycle not LAMS approved which should be LAMS listed.
  • A motorcycle LAMS listed which should not be on the list.

You will need to apply for a Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme (LAMS) compliance assessment for the bike. This assessment may take up to 15 working days. To apply, please download and submit (Form E106): Motorcycle vehicle specification below.

The form can be submitted either electronically or by post.

To submit online, please email the completed form to the email address below.

All form fields must be completed. Please include as much information as possible to enable a proper assessment. Incomplete forms will be deleted without a response.

Any motorcycle that has been modified in any way is automatically deemed to be LAMS non-compliant.

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To submit by post, please print the form, complete it and then mail or email to:

Street address Postal address Telephone Fax Email
  Vehicle Safety and Standards,
Technical Policy and Services,
21 Murray Road South,
Welshpool WA 6106
  (08) 9216 3899 Email

  Applying for a LAMS (R-E class) licence

You can apply for an R-E class learner's permit at 16 years of age. This will qualify you to learn to ride Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme (LAMS) - approved motorcycles.

Note:

If you already hold a licence to drive a car, you do not need to complete steps 3 to 4 below. Once you have successfully passed your Practical Driving Assessment, your licence record will be amended to show the new vehicle class you are now authorised to drive.

For more information, please download the fact sheet below.

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  Good Gear Guide (for moped and motorcycle riders)

Good Gear Guide equipment

No matter what you ride - from scooter to superbike - good gear is an investment too important to ignore. It could make the difference between a nasty tumble and injuries that prevent you from ever riding again.

The right gear can also improve your riding and your enjoyment by protecting you from the elements.

This is a guide to gear that will improve your riding comfort and could save you from preventable injuries.

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  Step 1: Learner's permit (R-E class)

To start learning to ride a LAMS approved motorcycle you have to apply for a learner's permit and pass the motorcycle theory test.

Visit the learner's permit page for detailed information on completing step one of getting your R-E class licence.

Getting a licence to ride a LAMS approved motorcycle (R-E class) licence

  • You can apply for an R-E class learner's permit at 16 years of age.
  • You will need to sit a motorcycle theory test consisting of 35 multiple-choice questions that relate to general road rules and specific motorcycle relevant questions.
  • You will need to get 28 or more answers correct to pass.
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  Step 2: Learn to ride (R-E class)

Once you have been issued your learner's permit you can begin learning the skills you need to become a safe rider.

Please visit the learn to drive page for information on completing step two of getting your licence.

Gaining experience to ride a LAMS approved motorcycle. (R-E class) licence

  • An approved supervisor must accompany you at all times either as a pillion passenger, in a sidecar or on another motorcycle.
  • You must learn to ride on a motorcycle that meets the standards for the relevant class of vehicle you are applying to drive.
  • You can only ride a LAMS approved motorcycle.
  • You must wear an approved helmet.
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  Step 3: Hazard Perception Test (HPT) (R-E class)

Once a minimum of six calendar months has lapsed since you were issued with your Learner's permit and you have reached the minimum age of 16 years and six months, you can sit your Hazard Perception Test (HPT).

If you already hold a licence to drive a car you may skip this stage and go directly to step five, otherwise you must pass the HPT before you can attempt a Practical Driving Assessment (PDA).

Visit the Hazard Perception Test page for information on completing step five of getting your licence.

  Step 4: Gain experience: LAMS motorcycle licence (R-E class)

If you already hold a licence to drive a car you may skip this stage and go directly to step five.

Once you have passed your HPT, you need to build on your experience and continue to record a minimum of 50 supervised driving hours including at least five hours at night (between sunset and sunrise).

Visit the gain experience page for information on completing step four of getting your licence.

Gaining experience to ride a LAMS approved motorcycle. (R-E class) licence:

  • An approved supervisor must accompany you at all times either as a pillion passenger, in a sidecar or on another motorcycle.
  • You must ride a motorcycle that meets the standards for the relevant class of vehicle you have a learner's permit for.
  • You can only ride a LAMS approved motorcycle.
  • You must wear an approved helmet.
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  Step 5: Pass the Practical Driving Assessment: LAMS approved motorcycle (R-E class)

Getting a licence to ride a LAMS approved motorcycle (R-E class) licence

  • You must be at least 17 years of age to undertake the PDA. *
  • Have completed a minimum of 50 supervised driving hours, including at least five hours at night (between sunset and sunrise). *
  • Present your Log Book - ensuring that your declaration of completion has been signed by you and your supervising driver. You must bring your entire Learner Guide and Log Book with you. *

* Not applicable to those who already hold a licence to drive a car .

You must wear appropriate attire that consists of enclosed footwear, approved helmet, long trousers and long-sleeved shirt or fully-sleeved jacket. Gloves and eye protection are also highly recommended.

  • The PDA will determine your general riding ability. This may include testing your ability to:
    • Balance the vehicle at low speeds by riding around a figure 'O' without putting a foot on the ground.
    • Correctly park and start on a hill.
    • Perform a quick stop under full control without locking either wheel.
  • For the practical riding assessment on a Trike, applicants will be required to demonstrate their ability to control the relevant trike for which the class is sought. The assessment will be in the same format as an unrestricted motorcycle assessment, with specific focus on road position. In lieu of the balance component, applicants will be required to demonstrate a parking or turning-around manoeuvre.

Visit the Practical Driving Assessment page for information on completing step five of getting your licence.

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  Book a PDA with the DoT (first licence and upgrade)

Book a Practical Driving Assessment (PDA) with the Department of Transport (first licence and upgrade).

Book a Practical Driving Assessment (online)
 

Learner driver fees

There is no fee for renewing a learner's permit if the learner driver has sat the theory test in the past 5 years. If not, the learner driver will need to sit and pass the learner's permit theory test. (Fee listed below)
Fee type Fee
Learner's permit theory test
Sit the learner's permit theory test $19.25
Every subsequent learner's permit theory resit $13.95
Learner's guide and log book $7.35
Learner's permit replacement $30.00
Hazard Perception Test (HPT)
Sit the initial Hazard Perception Test (HPT) $22.20
Every subsequent Hazard Perception Test (HPT) resit $15.40
Practical Driving Assessment (PDA)
Application fee including one Practical Driving Assessment (PDA) $89.15
Every subsequent Practical Driving Assessment (PDA) resit $81.40

PDA bookings may also be made:

You are encouraged to make your booking as early as possible as this will increase your chance of getting a preferred assessment date and time.

Note:

  • Bookings are free of charge for senior licence renewals (Drivers who are aged 85 years and older).
  • If your Practical Driving Assessment (PDA) is cancelled less than 2 working days from the date of your booking you will have to pay to book another.
  • If you are late for your appointment, fail to show up or your log book has not been completed correctly or signed, you will not be assessed and will have to rebook and pay for another PDA.
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Who can book online?

Online PDA bookings are limited to tests in the following vehicle classes:

Who can't book online?

Online PDA bookings are not available for the following vehicle classes:

You cannot book online if your PDA is required as a result of:

  • A medical condition and the medical assessment process is incomplete.
  • An extraordinary licence application.
  • A conditional licence application.

Or

  • The licence or learner's permit is subject to a sanction.

Please call 13 11 56 to book your PDA if any of these circumstances apply to you.

  Step 6: Provisional licence

Once you have passed the PDA you will be granted a provisional licence and will be able to ride unsupervised.

Visit the provisional licence page for important information on riding solo and the rules and conditions you must abide by.

Getting a licence to ride a LAMS approved motorcycle (R-E class) licence

  • You will have a provisional licence for two years or until you have reached the age of 19 years, whichever is the longer period.
  • You can only ride a LAMS approved motorcycle.
  • You must wear an approved helmet.
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  Display your 'P' plates

You will have a provisional licence until you have ceased to be a novice driver and have reached 19 years of age during which time you have to display red and then green 'P' plates.

During your provisional licence period, you must display 'P' plates in a visible position at the front and back of your vehicle or motorcycle at all times.

Plate style Time period Description
Red P Plate First six months You must display white on red 'P' plates and will be subject to night-time driving restrictions.
Green P Plate Remaining period You must display white on green 'P' plates.
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