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 licence will be required to complete the basic rules of the road knowledge tests and pass a specific motorcycle knowledge test (written exams) to become a Learner motorcycle driver. 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.
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 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 - Endorsement 6||Motorcycle Novice 1 - Endorsement M||Motorcycle Novice 2 - Endorsement M|
|Duration||Minimum 1 year to a maximum of 2 years1 - excludes interruptions (non-renewal, refusal, licence suspension)||Minimum 1 year - excludes interruptions (non-renewal, refusal, licence suspension)||Minimum 1 year - excludes interruptions (non-renewal, refusal, licence suspension)|
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.
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.
Motorcycle learner's licence (Endorsement 6)
Motorcycle drivers that have a motorcycle learner's licence (Endorsement 6) for more than 2 years prior to the MGDL implementation on June 18, 2011, are automatically placed in the Learner stage of the MGDL program. They will be subject to the same restrictions as a new motorcycle driver, but will also be limited to travelling within a 100 km radius of the primary or secondary address listed on the motorcycle's registration certificate. However, they are credited with the time they earned as a learner and are eligible to take a motorcycle road test and move up to Novice 1 immediately. If they have more than 2 years of experience there is no expiry date for the Learner motorcyclist to complete their road test.
If the motorcycle learner (Endorsement 6) has less than 2 years driving experience before MGDL implementation on June 18, 2011, they are automatically placed in the Learner stage of the MGDL program and have a 4-year (1,460 day) eligibility window to complete their motorcycle road test. If the learner does not complete their road test within that 4-year period, their motorcycle learner's licence will no longer be valid.
Motorcycle (Endorsement M)
Any driver that holds a full Saskatchewan motorcycle Endorsement M will maintain the endorsement and will not be placed into the MGDL program regardless of how long they have held the Endorsement M.
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's 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.
MGDL Improvement Program
SGI has an improvement program to provide sanctions for offences that are known to contribute to motorcycle collisions in order to reduce fatalities and injuries.
The MGDL Improvement Program uses a points system for offences. The driver points for a traffic incident involving an MGDL driver will be the same as the points assigned under the Class 5 Graduated Driver’s Licensing (GDL) program (for new passenger vehicle drivers) or the Driver Improvement Program (for experienced passenger car drivers). However, the remedial action will be based on whether or not the incident is classified as a severe motorcycle offence.
Severe offences involving a new motorcycle driver could result in the removal of the person's motorcycle endorsement. The following 4 offences are classified as severe:
- speed greater than 50 km/h over the applicable speed limit
- driving in a contest of speed
- racing with another vehicle on the highway
- driver performing an activity on a highway that is likely to distract, startle or interfere with other users of the road (stunting)
All drivers in the MGDL program that incur 1 of these high risk offences while on a motorcycle will be interviewed and, unless there are extenuating circumstances, their endorsement could be suspended for a period of 12 months, making them ineligible to operate a motorcycle.
Drinking and driving
The remedial action for alcohol-related incidents involving motorcycle drivers is shown below.
|Roadside administrative suspensions|
|Class 7 or Class 5 GDL motorcycle driver in the MGDL program||Experienced Class 1 to 5 motorcycle driver with a 6 or M endorsement in the MGDL program|
Drivers who drive after consuming any amount of alcohol will automatically face the following driver's licence suspensions:
1st occurrence - immediate 30-day roadside driver's licence suspension and a requirement to take a Driving Without Impairment (DWI) course within 90 days.
Drivers who are caught with an alcohol level (BAC) exceeding .04 will automatically face the following driver's licence suspensions:
1st occurrence - immediate 24-hour roadside suspension.
|Subsequent occurrences - immediate 30-day roadside suspension, which is then extended to a 90-day suspension and a requirement to complete an addiction screening and either an education program or a recovery program before getting their licence back.||Subsequent occurrences - immediate 24-hour roadside suspension, which is extended to 90 days and a requirement to complete an addiction screening and either an education program or a recovery program before getting their licence back.|
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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SGI Driver Development
- Motorcycle learner period expires after 730 earned days if individual has not passed the SGI motorcycle road test. Driver must rewrite and pass the motorcycle written knowledge test to get another motorcycle learner endorsement.
- At-fault collisions or convictions while operating a motorcycle will restart the Novice 1 or Novice 2 12-month learning period.
- SGI may authorize the holder of a motorcycle Learner, Novice 1 or Novice 2 licence to operate with a sidecar if the driver is physically challenged, or by special permission. Please contact SGI Driver Development for more details.