Every year in Saskatchewan there are over 300 collisions involving motorcycles, often resulting in serious injuries or even fatalities. New riders are the most at risk for involvement in collisions, especially during the first 3 years of riding.
The program moves new motorcycle drivers through incremental levels of risk as they gain motorcycle driving experience. There are 3 stages through which new drivers must pass: Learner, Novice 1 and Novice 2.
Under the program, anyone wishing to get their motorcycle learner's licence must hold a valid Class 5 or higher licence. They will be required to successfully complete the rules of the road, signs, motorcycle knowledge and vision tests. In addition they will be required to pass a basic ability road test or complete an SGI-approved motorcycle training course prior to becoming a motorcycle learner. It is strongly recommended that they successfully complete an SGI-approved motorcycle training course prior to operating a motorcycle as a Learner.
Parent or guardian approval (pdf, 17 kb) is required for persons under 18 years of age to apply for a motorcycle learner's licence.
Motorcycle training courses
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Novice 1 and Novice 2
To go from Learner to Novice 1, the holder of a Learner stage licence must earn 365 days without interruptions and pass the motorcycle road test before they are eligible to graduate to Novice 1. The driver will then be required to remain incident free for 1 year in the Novice 1 stage before they are eligible to graduate to the Novice 2 stage. After the driver completes an additional year of incident-free driving in the Novice 2 stage they will graduate to a full and unrestricted "M" motorcycle licence.
An explanation of time frames, requirements and restrictions for each of the stages is included in the following chart:
|Motorcycle Learner - 6 Endorsement1||Motorcycle Novice 1 - Endorsement M||Motorcycle Novice 2 - Endorsement M|
If your road test was taken on a moped or 3-wheeled motorcycle, you can only operate a larger or 2-wheeled motorcycle as a learner.
New for 2015: An "R" restriction (limiting the rider to motorcycles 400cc or less) will be assigned to riders in the MGDL program that use a motorcycle with a 400cc engine displacement or less during the basic ability road test (6 Endorsement/Learners) or during the motorcycle road test (M Endorsement). The restriction expires when the rider completes the MGDL program (graduates from Novice 2) and becomes a fully experienced rider. The engine size restriction will be waived for those who successfully complete an approved motorcycle training course.
Note: It is important to remember to activate your endorsement after passing your learner or road exam and renew your driver's licence. If your licence is allowed to lapse, additional time will be required to complete the program and graduate to an experienced motorcycle driver.
New for 2014
Effective June 18, 2014, all holders of an Endorsement 6 are placed in the MGDL program and required to progress through the program in order to maintain their motorcycle endorsement, regardless of when they earned their Endorsement 6.
Motorcycle learners that acquired their Endorsement 6 prior to June 18, 2009, will be provided a 2 year eligibility period to complete a motorcycle road test (some will be given 3 years to complete the road test).
Motorcycle learners that acquired their Endorsement 6 between June 18, 2009 and June 18, 2011 will continue to have their endorsement until June 18, 2015, after which time it will no longer be valid. All other motorcycle learners who entered the MGDL program after June 11, 2011, have 730 days to complete their motorcycle road test.
Other changes include:
- removal of the motorcycle sidecar restriction
- removal of the 100 km operating radius restriction for learners that obtained their Endorsement 6 prior to June 18, 2009
- requirement for all motorcycle drivers (and any passengers of riders in Novice 2) in the MGDL program to have arms and legs covered and wear hand-covering gloves, ankle-covering boots and an approved three-quarter, modular or full-face helmet
- new night restriction for all motorcycle learners with a Endorsement 6, prohibiting operation between 1/2 hour before sunset (dusk) and 1/2 hour after sunrise (dawn)
- new requirements for all riders in the MGDL program to display an MGDL placard (red 'L' for Endorsement 6 and a green 'N' for Endorsement M Novice 1 and 2) identifying them as a MGDL rider. The new restrictions are retroactive and apply regardless of when the motorcycle driver entered the MGDL program or acquired their Endorsement 6
- new requirement for 0 blood alcohol or drug impairment, regardless of age, for all MGDL drivers, while operating a motorcycle
- new requirement for any motorcycle operator or rider under 19 years of age - they are prohibited from being impaired by any amount of alcohol or drugs while riding a motorcycle
New for 2015
- effective April 1, 2015, riders who use a motorcycle with an engine size of 400cc or less during their basic ability road test or motorcycle road test, will be restricted to motorcycles with an engine size of 400cc or less while in the MGDL program. The engine size restriction will be waived for those who successfully complete an approved motorcycle training course
- effective Jan. 1, 2015, no Safe Driver Recognition (SDR) program discounts to motorcycle rates for drivers entering the MGDL program until they reach Novice 2 and then only if they have completed an SGI-approved motorcycle training course
- Existing MGDL drivers are not affected and will continue to receive their SDR discount in all stages of MGDL unless they do not test out and re-enter the MGDL program.
Planned for 2016
A $500 increase in the annual driver's licence fee for anyone entering the Motorcycle Graduated Driver Licence Program (MGDL) in 2016. The $500 fee would be waived for those who have successfully completed an SGI-approved motorcycle safety program.
- Increase the fee for a MGDL licence to $500. This would be waived for those who have completed an SGI-approved motorcycle training course.
- New riders entering the MGDL program in 2016 who pass an SGI-approved motorcycle training course would be entitled to a refund on the training course fee if they complete the MGDL program with no at-fault collisions or traffic convictions.
- Require all motorcycle operators and passengers to wear approved eye protection (remove windshield exemption).
Note: Existing MGDL drivers will not be required to pay the $500 fee unless they do not test out and re-enter the MGDL program.
Incidents and suspensions
If a driver in the MGDL program receives a conviction, suspension or is involved in an at-fault collision while driving their motorcycle, they will be required to restart their Novice 1 or Novice 2 stage experience earning period. They will also receive the appropriate amount of infraction points under the Graduated Driver Licensing Improvement program, MGDL Improvement Program or Driver Improvement Program. These incidents may also affect an individual's Safe Driver Recognition (SDR) program discount or result in an SDR financial penalty.
Out-of-province motorcycle experience
For motorcycle drivers who move to Saskatchewan from another jurisdiction, SGI will determine where the driver fits into the MGDL program based on their previous driving history. If they have a motorcycle learner's licence from another province, they will receive their Endorsement 6 (motorcycle learner's licence). Should they have a full motorcycle licence from another jurisdiction, they will be required to provide a letter from their previous jurisdiction in order for SGI to determine where to place them - Novice 1, Novice 2 or experienced. For other provinces that have MGDL programs, SGI will be required to compare and determine the appropriate level to place the driver.
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- Also applies to the holder of a J or H restriction when operating a 50cc or larger motorcycle or a 2-wheeled motorcycle, respectively, as a learner.
- The learner period expires after 2 years if the individual has not passed the SGI motorcycle road test. The rider must re-write and pass the motorcycle written knowledge tests (signs, rules of the road and motorcycle knowledge) to get another motorcycle learner endorsement. If they do, they will be subject to the same requirements and restrictions as a new motorcycle rider and must also pass a basic ability road test if an approved motorcycle training course has not been taken.
- At-fault collisions or traffic convictions while operating a motorcycle will restart the Novice 1 or Novice 2 12-month learning period.
- MGDL licence plate red placards for ‘L’ (Learner) and green placards for ‘N’ (Novice) drivers will be available at all motor licence issuers and driver examination offices starting June 2014.
- Must have arms and legs covered and wear handcovering gloves, ankle-covering boots and an approved 3-quarter, modular or full-face helmet. This also applies to passengers where the operator has an M Novice 2 Endorsement.