Types of Licence
The definition of 'motorcycle' is taken to include powered vehicles (manual or automatic) that require a licensed rider such as:
- R-N MOPED licence
To learn to ride a moped you must be at least 15 1/2 years of age. To gain your licence you need to be a minimum age 16 years, hold a valid learners permit, and pass a practical test on a moped/scooter below 50cc.
If you are granted a driver's licence allowing you to ride an R-N class vehicle (Moped) you can ride a moped as described below.
A moped is a motorcycle that has a propelling engine with an engine capacity not exceeding 50cc and a top speed not exceeding 60km/h. This applies whether or not it is also capable of being propelled as a pedal cycle, but does not include a power assisted pedal cycle.
- R-E 250 cc Motorcycle licence
To learn to ride a motorcycle up to 250cc you must be at least 16 years of age. To gain your licence in this category you need to be a minimum of 17 years old, hold a current learners permit and pass a test on a motorcycle with a cylinder capacity below 250cc's.
If you are granted a driver’s licence authorising you to ride an R-E class vehicle (Motorcycle) you can ride a motorcycle as described below:
A motorcycle with or without a side car attachment, with an engine capacity not exceeding 250cc . A motor carrier with an engine capacity not exceeding 250cc.
- Full R Motorcycle licence
You will need to have held an R-E licence for a minimum of one year. You are not required to hold a Learners permit for this class, but you must display L Plates and ride accompanied with an authorised instructor.You will also be required to pass a test on a motorcycle over 250cc in capacity.
If you are granted a driver's licence authorising you to ride an R class vehicle (Motorcycle) you can ride a motorcycle with an engine capacity exceeding 250cc.
Other vehicle classes you are authorised to drive once you gain your R Class Licence are as follows:
R-E and R-N (Motorcycle) class vehicles.
- Your instructor 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. For example, if you want to hold a licence to drive a R-E (Motorcycle), you must learn to ride on a motorcycle with an engine capacity of at least 100cc (but not exceeding 250cc), fitted with a hand or foot operated clutch.
- You must display L plates at all times.