The Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme (LAMS) was introduced on July 1, 2009 in Queensland.
the scheme, Class RE licence holders will only be able to ride motorcycles that are LAMS approved. LAMS applies restrictions based on the overall performance capability of the motorcycle, rather than being based on engine capacity.
Restrictions Based on 2 Things
- A maximum power to weight ratio of 150 kilowatts per tonne and
- An upper engine capacity limit of 660 ml.
What this means is that class RE licence holders will have access to a larger range of motorcycles.
To help you identify the motorcycles you can legally ride as a class RE rider, there will be a LAM scheme indicator on the registration label of motorcycles approved under this new scheme.
No Change In The Way You Get Your Motorcycle Licence
The LAMS change will not affect the way a motorcycle licence is obtained in Queensland – it only affects the range of motorcycles the class RE holders can ride.
Class R licence holders will not be affected by the introduction of the new scheme.
You can see a full list of approved motorcycles and information regarding LAMS here (PDF file)
2 Other Major Changes
There have been 2 other major changes announced.
Pillion Passenger Restrictions For Learner Riders
From July 1, 2009, class RE and R learner riders will be prohibited from carrying pillion passengers (including their supervisor) when learning to ride a motorcycle on the road
A learner will still be required to be supervised by an appropriately licensed person when riding a motorcycle – the supervisor may follow at a safe distance on another motorcycle or another vehicle, or in a sidecar.