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News Don’t Worry, it Won’t Cost $1,300 to Get Your Motorcycle License in Victoria

Discussion in 'Motorcycling News' started by NetriderBot, Feb 13, 2016.

  1. Come March 19, those who haven’t yet received their provisional motorcycle license will be tested under a new scheme in Victoria. It’s a further refinement of the already introduced VicRoads Motorcycle Graduated Licensing System which introduced standardised testing across the industry. And for young riders looking to get their license, it’s not going to be cheap.

    While the introduction of these new courses has been known for some time, pricing was until earlier this week unknown. Armstrongs, one of the largest providers of training courses for a range of vehicles was the first to announce their pricing this week and it wasn’t pretty:

    • Stage 1 – 2 Day Learners Permit Course $795
    • Stage 2 – Check Ride $220
    • Stage 3 – 2 Hour License Course (including 45min Training Session) $345

    Given the extended amount of training involved in the new scheme there should be no surprise that fees would rise – it’s just the amount of the increase that has caught most by surprise. The announcement by Armstrong was met with much alarm across the community in Victoria given the prospective costs new riders would face. Other providers haven’t published their fees yet, but a quick ring around seems to indicate that Armstrong is at the extreme end of the scale.

    HART Honda quoted us a total of between $743 and $837 for the all courses depending on whether you do them on weekdays or weekends. Stay Upright hasn’t yet finalised their new fees but are anticipating that their new two day training course will cost around $580 alone, so expect another $400 or so for the check ride and license course. We rang two other providers – both who asked not to be quoted at this stage because they still hadn’t finalised their pricing either – but both expected to be charging around $800 in total. While still not cheap, it is in comparison to what Armstrong is quoting.

    It’s hard to argue that training programs in Victoria did need improvement and the Victorian government often quotes statistics that learner and younger riders make up nearly a third of all motorcycle related fatalities and injuries each year. At the same time, high prices will have either the effect of limiting the amount of people who can actually afford to get their license, or even if they can afford it, cause them to skimp on gear which may now be outside their budget.


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  2. If the training is worth it maybe I'll get my Saturdays back.......
  3. Shouldn't there be additional training and education for cagers? The focus should be on roadcraft for new riders rather than profit for 2 day crash courses licensing kamikazes in a closed circuit environment.
  4. If one was to get their L's in one state, and then they moved to another state and wanted to get their full license - can they do this 'cross state' - or can they transfer their learners permit, or do they have to start over, or do both in the same state?
  5. Good question, I'd assume both same state as I moved to Melbourne last year w/o motorcycle learners but had full car license from other state for 12 years. I couldn't even do my learners until transferred my car license to Melbourne...
  6. You love your Saturdays, admit it!
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  7. I don't like your chances. I wrote to VicRoads to enquire about MC licence transfers ...
    in Qld our licences have an 'effective from' date and thus do not show how long a person has held a MC licence in total.

    The Vicroads reply stated >>>
    "We would need for you to acquire from Queensland Transport a licence history report, which should give you the first issue date of you motorcycle licence. We would then calculate if you have held your licence for the required time, and if so not impose any restrictions. If it had not been held for the required time, you would have a pro rata restriction issued."

    So to avoid been bumped back to a LAMS bike you have to show proof.