Learn to ride a moped (R-N)

A moped is a motorcycle that is designed so as not to be capable of a speed exceeding 50 km/h and either has an engine capacity not exceeding 50cc; or is not powered by a piston engine. You can apply for a learner's permit at 15 ½ years of age.

  Introduction of the Motorcycle Graduated Licensing System

The Department of Transport (DoT) is improving the process to obtain a motorcycle licence. The changes will better prepare applicants and result in safer motorcycle riders.

For information about the changes please read the Introduction of the Motorcycle Graduated Licensing System (Fact Sheet) below.

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  Moped (R-N class) (R class with an N condition)

A moped is a motorcycle that;

  • Is designed to so as not to be capable of a speed exceeding 50 km/h; and
  • Either-
    • Has an engine capacity not exceeding 50cc; or
    • Is not powered by a piston engine.
  • Whether or not it is also capable of being propelled by pedalling, but does not include a power assisted pedal cycle.

R-N class vehicle

To hold this class To take driving/riding lessons Licence authorisation
Minimum age 16 years Minimum age 15 years 6 months If you are authorised to drive an R-N class vehicle you may ride any moped

  Learner's permit photo card

The learner's permit card displays a photo of the learner driver, date of birth, class of licence and security features such as a watermark and unique serial number.

Learner driver applicants are issued with an interim paper-based permit before receiving a learner's permit card in the mail within 14 days.

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  Getting started (for moped riders)

Find out what rules you are subject to as a novice driver and what resources are available to help you learn to ride.

Note:

If you already hold a Western Australian driver's licence (not a learner's permit) to drive a vehicle of another class, you are automatically able to ride a moped.

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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-N class)

To start learning to ride a moped 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 licence to ride moped (R-N class) vehicles.

Information specific to getting a moped (R-N class) licence:

  • You can apply for a learner's permit for a moped (R-N class) at 15 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-N class)

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

While you do not need to complete a minimum number of supervised riding hours for a licence to ride mopeds, it is strongly recommended that you get as much supervised riding in as many different road, weather and traffic conditions as you can.

Visit the learn to drive page for information on finding an approved supervisor.

Information specific to getting a moped (R-N 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 moped that meets the standards for the relevant class of vehicle you are applying to ride.
  • You can only ride a vehicle that is designed so as not to be capable of a speed exceeding 50 km/h; and either - has an engine capacity not exceeding 50cc; or is not powered by a piston engine.
  • You must wear an approved helmet.

  Step 3: Pass the Motorcycle Hazard Perception Test (HPT)

Once you have gained a sufficient level of supervised riding experience since you were issued with your Learner's permit you can sit your Motorcycle Hazard Perception Test (HPT). You must pass the Motorcycle 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: Pass the Practical Driving Assessment: Moped (R-N class)

You can sit your Practical Driving Assessment (PDA) once you have developed the ability to control your vehicle safely and have completed a sufficient level of supervised riding to pass your PDA. Visit the Practical Driving Assessment page for information on booking your PDA and what you need on the day.

Information specific to getting a moped (R-N class) licence:

  • You must be at least 16 years of age to undertake the PDA.
  • You must have successfully completed the Motorcycle Hazard Perception Test.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  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 (CTT) $19.25
Subsequent learner's permit theory resits (CTT) $13.95
Learner's guide and log book $7.35
Learner's permit document 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:

Due to the inherent dangers Alpha Inflator air bags pose, a vehicle fitted with a Takata Alpha Inflator air bag is not able to be used for a practical driving assessment (PDA). Please see our Vehicle safety, standards and security page for more information about Takata airbags.

  • 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 full 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 5: Provisional licence

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.

Information specific to getting a moped (R-N class) licence:

  • You will have a provisional licence for two years or until 19 years of age whichever is the longer period.
  • You can only ride a vehicle that is designed so as not to be capable of a speed exceeding 50 km/h; and either - has an engine capacity not exceeding 50cc; or is not powered by a piston engine.
  • You must wear an approved helmet.
  • If you apply for a licence to drive another vehicle you will need to complete all of the necessary steps to obtain a licence.

  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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Page last updated: Tue Nov 6 2018 9:22:00 AM