February 29, 2024

Tips for Passing the Restricted License Exam In New Zealand

I got my Restricted license last year here in New Zealand after holding a learners license for more than nine months.

This is the second motorcycle license stage after the learners license. The conditions are still the same except you don’t have to have display L plate.

Below are still not available on a Restricted License:

  • You cannot have a passenger
  • You cannot ride past 10pm
  • Tow another vehicle – which I haven’t seen honestly on a motorbike
  • Only ride LAMS approved motorcycles

There are two ways to get the Restricted License. Either via CBTA (competency-based training and assessment ) or a practical test. I chose the practical test. If you did the CBTA 6R just fill out the form and hand over the certificate when paying the fees and you get your restricted.

Here are pre-requisites, checklist and some tips on how to comfortably pass your practical test.

  • If you wear glasses or contacts be sure to bring them when booking the exam. You need to pass the eyesight test.
  • There is no theory test but best to study the materials again specially the give way rules
  • Beneficial pre-requisite is to get bronze course from rideforever.co.nz. The instructor can give you valuable insights and tips to ride safely and correctly.
  • By this time you should be very familiar and comfortable with your motorbike acceleration, shifting gears and stopping. Tester would like to see your confidence on your own motorbike.
  • Before the exam be sure your motorbike has the right tyre pressure, horn and all lights are working and preferably have a full tank.
  • Practical test is 60 mins so be sure to relieve yourself and you are well hydrated. You would be likely be provided a one way comms device. The instructor will be following you as he gives instructions.
  • The practical would involve a series of different scenarios.
    • On a full stop sign, key is to put your feet down to let the instructor know you stopped.
    • Watch your speed all the time.
    • On cul-de-sac when making a U turn make sure you signal
    • Signal when needed when entering roundabout and always signal when exiting.
    • When changing lanes or merging always signal and do a head check before.

Hopefully you learned something from these tips. Safe riding and goodluck on that practical test.

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