To upgrade from a class RE learner licence to an RE provisional or open, you will need to complete either a Q-Ride training program.
You must also do this to upgrade from an RE to an R motorcycle licence.
Q-Ride is a competency-based training and assessment program delivered by Q-Ride registered providers such as Watto Training. During the course you will need to demonstrate your competency on a learner approved motorcycle.
Learner approved motorcycles (LAM Scheme)
As a class RE licence holder (learner, provisional, probationary and open), you can only ride a learner approved motorcycle.
The learner approved motorcycle scheme (LAM Scheme) gives you access to a range of motorcycles and scooters that are appropriate to your level of experience.
Enrolling for Q-Ride
You can enrol in a Q-Ride course and start training as soon as you get your class RE learner licence.
You can apply for your class RE or R provisional or open licence once you get your Q-Ride certificate (or competency declaration) from Watto Training. It is important to note that the competency declaration is not a motorcycle licence.
Your competency declaration is only valid for 12 months from the date of issue. If you do not present it within 12 months, it will expire and you will need to undertake Q-Ride again to obtain a new one.
After you have completed Q-Ride
For Q-Ride, once you have received your Q-Ride certificate, you need to take this with you to a Transport Main Roads – Customer Service Centre.
There is no fee to add the new RE or R provisional or open class to your licence. However, you will have to pay a fee if you are renewing your licence at the same time.
You will also need to take a completed driver licence application/renewal form, as well your evidence of identity. You can give Transport Main Roads the required evidence by showing your Queensland-issued current driver licence (or 1 that has been current at any time within the last 2 years)
You will need to declare that you are medically fit to ride. If you need to notify Transport Main Roads about a medical condition that may affect your ability to drive or ride safely, you will need to get a medical certificate from your doctor. If you have a Queensland driver licence you must report any long-term medical conditions that affect your ability to drive safely. You must report these conditions as soon as they develop—you cannot wait until you renew your licence.
If you do not report your condition, you may receive a fine of over $7,000 and have your licence cancelled.
If you have upgraded to a class RE provisional or open licence, you must still only ride a learner approved motorcycle.
If you have an RE P1 provisional licence, you must display a red P plate on the rear of the motorcycle you are riding.
If you have an RE P2 provisional licence, you must display a green P plate on the rear of the motorcycle you are riding.
Or you can wear a vest that clearly displays a capital ‘P’ of the relevant colour on the back.
Pillion passenger rules for motorcycles
A motorcycle passenger that sits behind the rider is called a pillion passenger.
You must only carry a passenger on a motorcycle if you:
- hold a provisional or open licence for that class of vehicle
- you have held that class of licence for at least 1 year.
A passenger on a motorcycle can be a pillion passenger or a person in a sidecar attached to the motorcycle.
You must not carry pillion passengers, including your supervisor, at any time, if you hold a:
- class RE learner licence, and are riding a class RE motorcycle
- class RE provisional or open licence, but are riding a class R motorcycle in order to learn to ride that class of vehicle.
If you are learning to ride a motorcycle, your supervisor may be seated in a sidecar, if the motorcycle has one, or on another motorcycle, in a car or in another vehicle.
Rules for carrying passengers on any motorcycle
- All of your passengers must wear an approved motorcycle helmet securely fastened.
- Pillion passengers must be at least 8 years old and their feet must be able to reach the passenger footrests while seated
- You must not carry more passengers in the motorcycle’s sidecar than the sidecar was designed to carry.
- Your passenger must be seated safely on the pillion seat or in the sidecar.
- Your pillion passenger must not ride on the motorcycle unless the motorcycle has a suitable pillion seat and suitable passenger footrests.
- Your pillion passenger must be astride the pillion seat and face forwards.
- Your passenger must not interfere with your effective control of the motorcycle.
Drugs and alcohol
You must comply with the no alcohol limit (0.00 BAC) for the first 12 months of holding an RE provisional or open licence.
The no alcohol limit also applies if you are learning to ride an R motorcycle on your class RE licence.
If you are found drink or drug driving, you will be fined and/or may have your licence cancelled.
Upgrading to an R-Class Licence
If you have upgraded to a class R provisional or open licence, the engine size restrictions no longer apply.