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scooter licenses now easier to obtain in NSW

September 9th, 2008

The NSW RTA has increased the cc capacity for automatic exemption from the Scooter License course.

Effective immediately the NSW RTA has increased the capacity from 125cc to 160cc for exemption from the pre-provisional course for automatic motorcycles and scooters.  Riders of scooters less than 160cc will still need to attend and pass the pre-learner course (7 hours held over 2 days) and the Motorcycle Operator Skills Test or MOST (1 hour).  However they will not be required to attend the 6 hour pre-provisional course immediately prior to the MOST.

“With the increasing popularity of automatic “twist and go” scooters, and in particular 125/150cc capacity scooters in NSW, this is a positive change exempting riders of small scooters from the pre-provisional course which is heavily biased to helping riders of manual motorcycles master clutch control and gear changes” said Paul Nobbs from the Australia Scooter Federation.

Details of the new rules can be found on the RTA’s website:-

NSW scooter sales rose 15.4% in 08 versus 07 for the 6 month period to the end of June.  

Sales of 51cc to 160cc capacity scooters grew  23.1% to 2995 units in the same period.

For further information please contact:
Libby Ross, Secretariat
Australian Scooter Federation



MsMeggs said:

This is music to my ears! Though I wonder how this effects my mature age rider ability to "proceed directly from a learner rider licence to an unrestricted licence"? The RTA website still says "mature age riders are still required to successfully complete the pre-learner and pre-provisional courses". Maybe they just haven't updated that bit yet... I hope so! I wonder if they'll also drop the price from the current $110 for the full pre-provisional course??? Doubt it ;)

September 9, 2008 4:51 PM

TonyJ said:

Just wonderful!! Only yesterday I booked my wife and I in for a 29th November Pre-Provisional course. I'm also hoping that the MOSTt test is $44 as i paid $154 each.

September 9, 2008 10:50 PM