Recommendations made by the Motorcycle Review Committee resulted in changes in June 2014, many with a focus on new riders. Additional changes to the program were implemented in 2015.
2016 MGDL program changes
When is the $500 driver's licence fee for MGDL scheduled to come into effect?
Effective June 15, 2016, a $500 MGDL fee will apply to new riders upon entering each of the 3 stages of the MGDL program. The fee will be waived for those who have successfully completed an SGI approved motorcycle training program. New motorcyclists will be eligible for a $450 training rebate if they entered the MGDL program after January 1, 2016, completed their approved motorcycle course after that date and graduate from the MGDL program with no suspensions or motorcycle traffic convictions/at-fault collisions.
2015 MGDL program changes
When did the Safe Driver Recognition (SDR) program changes for riders in the MGDL program scheduled to come into effect?
Effective Jan. 1, 2015, in order to receive an SDR discount, the person registering the motorcycle must hold a full (experienced) valid M Endorsement. Drivers who enter the MGDL program after Dec. 31, 2014, will not be eligible to receive an SDR discount, the person registering the motorcycle must hold a full (experienced) valid M Endorsement. Drivers who enter the MGDL program after the program changes come into effect will not be eligible for a discount on their motorcycles until they enter the Novice 2 stage of MGDL and take an SGI-approved motorcycle training course. Existing MGDL riders are not affected and will continue to receive their SDR discount in all stages of MGDL unless they allow their learner's licence to expire and later re-enter the MGDL program.
When did the limit on engine size for MGDL riders scheduled to come into effect?
Effective April 1, 2015, new riders who use a motorcycle with an engine size of 400cc or less during their basic ability 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 SGI-approved motorcycle training course. Riders that entered the MGDL program prior to April 1, 2015, will not be affected unless their 6 Endorsement expires and they re-enter the MGDL program.
After my basic ability road test, I was assigned an "R" restriction limiting me to motorcycles with an engine size of 400cc and less while in the MGDL program. How do I get the restriction removed?
Customers have two options to have an "R" restriction removed; complete an SGI-approved motorcycle training course or retest on a motorcycle with an engine size greater than 400cc. Please call 1-800-667-5111 to make an appointment to schedule a road test to remove an "R" restriction.
Questions and answers
What recent changes have been made to the MGDL program?
- Riders in the Motorcycle Graduated Driver Licensing (MGDL) program and their passengers are required to have their arms and legs covered, wear hand-covering gloves, ankle-covering boots, and either an approved three-quarter, modular or full-face motorcycle helmet (effective June 18, 2014).
- MGDL riders have to place a placard on their licence plate to indicate they are a new rider. Placards display a red L for riders in the learner stage and a green N for riders in the novice stages (effective June 18, 2014).
- An inspection program for any motorcycle that has been deemed a total loss or was most recently registered in another jurisdiction (effective June 18, 2014).
- Drivers are required to hold a Class 5 or higher driver’s licence before applying for a motorcycle learner’s licence (effective July 16, 2014).
- New riders have 3 attempts to demonstrate their ability to operate a motorcycle through a basic ability road test or successfully complete an approved training program, before getting a motorcycle learner’s licence (effective July 16, 2014).
- 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 April 1, 2015).
- A $500 MGDL fee will be added to the current driver's licence fee after entering each of the 3 stages of the MGDL program, for a total of $1,500 – this fee will be waived for those who provide proof of successfully completing an SGI-approved motorcycle training course (effective June 15, 2016).
- New motorcyclists will be eligible for a $450 training rebate if they meet the following requirements (effective June 15, 2016):
- they entered the MGDL program after January 1, 2016;
- they successfully completed an approved motorcycle course after January 1, 2016; and,
- they graduate from the MGDL program incident-free (no licence suspensions or motorcycle traffic convictions/at-fault collisions).
Why have these changes been made?
These changes were made to improve motorcycle safety in the province. In 2013, SGI formed a Motorcycle Review Committee to examine key factors impacting motorcycle insurance rates in Saskatchewan. Its goal was to work with SGI to find effective solutions to issues with motorcycle safety, rating and insurance coverage. The motorcycle review included a public consultation and a review of statistical and program analysis. The committee made several recommendations in its final report and those changes were all approved by government.
Who was on the Motorcycle Review Committee?
The committee included members from RAGE, the Saskatchewan Dual-Sport Club, a motorcycle enthusiast, motorcycle trainers, dealers, an insurance broker and a doctor.
What has changed with respect to gear?
Previously, the only motorcycle protective gear stipulated by law was that a helmet must be worn. If the helmet didn’t have a face shield, eye protection was also required by law (unless the motorcycle had a windshield). Beginning June 18, 2014, riders in the MGDL program and their passengers were required to have their arms and legs covered, wear hand-covering gloves, ankle-covering boots, and either an approved three-quarter, modular or full-face motorcycle helmet.
There are no performance requirements for MGDL gloves and boots, however; all motorcycle helmets, including those for approved for use by MGDL riders, must comply with at least one of the following standards and have a label to indicate compliance with that standard:
- British Standards Institution
- DOT (FMVSS 218)
- Snell Memorial Foundation
- Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) 22.05
The new motorcycle gear requirements only applies to riders in the MGDL program. Although recommended, experienced riders are not required to comply with the new gear requirements.
What is the difference between three-quarter, full-face and modular helmets?
Beginning on June 18, 2014, riders in the MGDL program and their passengers are required to wear either an approved 3/4, modular or full-face motorcycle helmet. Half-helmets may not be used by a rider (or their passenger) in the MGDL program.
There are some models of helmets that are difficult to classify and may appear like they could belong in multiple style categories. If customers have questions about a specific make/model of helmet, they should be directed to call Driver Development at 1-800-667-5111. Some common make/models of helmets that have been approved for use by MGDL riders include:
Who has to display the new placards? Do drivers in the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program also have to display a placard?
The requirement to display an MGDL placard applies to all motorcycle riders in the MGDL program, regardless of when they entered the MGDL program. Riders in the MGDL program with a 6 Endorsement are required to display a red 'L' placard and riders with an M Endorsement with a Novice 1 or Novice 2 restriction are required to display a green 'N' placard.
The requirement to display a placard does not apply to new drivers in the GDL program when operating other vehicle types (passenger cars and trucks). MGDL riders were specifically identified for this requirement since, unlike GDL drivers, there is no supervising driver for MGDL riders.
I cannot install my placard the way it shows in the supplied brochure. What are some other options for installing the placards?
Placards may be attached to a licence plate using the supplied nylon cable (zip) tie or using a nut and bolt (see examples below). The placards must be completely visible to other motorists from the rear and must not obstruct the view of the licence plate or block any required lamps or reflectors.
If the design/configuration of the motorcycle will not allow for the attachment of the placard to the licence plate, customers may:
- add an additional 1/4 inch or smaller hole to allow for an alternate mounting location on or directly adjacent to the licence plate or licence plate holder (the placards may be mounted vertically/upside-down or horizontally)
- trim the white border (do not trim into the red/green portion of the placards)
- add a custom placard holder (adding an extension onto the licence plate holder to accommodate the placard).
If an MGDL rider is using a registration permit (with no licence plate) do the regulations still require the new rider to display an MGDL placard?
All MGDL riders are required to display an MGDL placard, regardless of the method or registration (registration permit without a licence plate or registration certificate with a licence plate). If operating under a registration permit without a licence plate, riders should keep a copy of the permit on their person (e.g., folded up in their pocket) to produce upon the request of a peace officer, and the placard should be attached to the empty licence plate holder.
What is SGI-approved motorcycle training and where is it available?
To qualify as an SGI-approved motorcycle training course, the training must have been supplied by a certified driver training school, using an approved curriculum delivered by a certified instructor or an equivalent approved by SGI. A list of approved motorcycle training schools are available to help you find one close to you.
When a customer visits a driver test office to complete their written rules of the road, motorcycle knowledge, signs and vision testing, it is important that they bring their motorcycle training certificate in order to receive a 6 Endorsement without taking a basic ability road test. Customers may also call Driver Development at 1-800-667-5111 to book an appointment with their local driver examiner to have their training certificate reviewed and approved.
I currently have my 6 Endorsement. What happens if I don’t pass a motorcycle road test by my expiry date?
If you don't pass a motorcycle road test before your motorcycle learner’s licence expires, you will lose your 6 Endorsement. You will be required to pass the written exams and pass a basic ability road test or successfully complete an approved motorcycle training course. You will be subject to SDR discount restrictions, engine size restrictions and a $500 MGDL fee will be added to the driver's licence fee after entering each of the 3 stages of the MGDL program, for a total of $1,500 – this fee will be waived for those who provide proof of successfully completing an SGI-approved motorcycle training course.
What are the restrictions for riders in the MGDL program?
See this chart for more details.
What is a basic ability road test?
Effective July 16, 2014, customers wishing to acquire their motorcycle learners (6 Endorsement) are required to hold a valid Class 5 driver's licence and successfully complete:
- written rules of the road, motorcycle knowledge and sign tests;
- a vision test; and
- a basic ability road test (customers must pass this test within 3 attempts, or SGI-approved motorcycle training will be required).
The basic ability road test may be scheduled through a local motor licence issuing office, by calling Driver Development at 1-800-667-5111 or through MySGI. Customers will be responsible for supplying a motorcycle for the road test.
The basic ability road test will be used to evaluate a riders ability to safely operate, balance and control a motorcycle in reduced traffic conditions. During a basic ability road test customers will be tested on:
- identifying the controls
Customers will fail the basic ability road test if they:
- cannot identify the controls
- use their feet excessively to balance the motorcycle
- are unable to balance the motorcycle
- demonstrate poor stops or starts
- contravene the basic rules of the road (e.g., fail to obey a stop sign)
- for a combination of errors/mistakes during the evaluation.
SGI will waive the basic ability road test if the customer can produce evidence that they have successfully completed an SGI-approved motorcycle training course.
What is a new rider vs. an experience rider?
Do I have to take my motorcycle road test if I got my motorcycle learner’s licence (6 Endorsement) on or before June 18, 2009? I think I was previously told that I could keep my 6 Endorsement indefinitely and did not have to take a road test? How long do I have before I need to test out?
Yes, customers who acquired their 6 Endorsement on or before June 18, 2009, will have 2 years to take a motorcycle road test or their endorsement will expire.
I was previously told I could keep my 6 Endorsement indefinitely and would be exempt from having to take a road test. Why is this changing?
The Motorcycle Review Committee unanimously supported the removal of the road test exemption for riders who acquired their motorcycle learner’s licence (6 Endorsement) on or before June 18, 2009, and were placed into the MGDL program
SGI and the Motorcycle Review Committee also conducted an online survey to get feedback from the broader motorcycle community. Both motorcyclists and the non-motorcycle riding public supported an expiry date for grandfathered motorcycle learner's licences, with the primary concern being that all learner's licence holders should be tested to prove their skill at operating a motorcycle.
I am a Grandfathered MGDL rider (who acquired my 6 Endorsement prior to June 19, 2009) and have been riding for years, can I be given credit for my driving experience and bypass the novice stage of MGDL after passing a motorcycle road test?
Effective June 18, 2014, all motorcycle learners are placed in the MGDL program, regardless of when they acquired their 6 Endorsement. Grandfathered MGDL riders (who acquired their 6 Endorsement prior to June 19, 2009) however, are eligible to automatically progress to a full M Endorsement upon successful completion of the motorcycle road test, on the condition that the rider is free of at-fault collisions or convictions while riding a motorcycle and any suspensions, for the last 3 years (similar to MGDL Novice 1 and 2 term reset criteria).
Upon successful completion of a motorcycle road test, and subject to a clean motorcycle riding history for 3 years, at their discretion a driver examiner may require that the grandfathered Learner be placed into the Novice 1 stage (or 2 stage) of the MGDL program, based on the rider's performance during the road test (for example after multiple attempts, they finally pass) or they may issue exam authority progressing a grandfathered Learner to a full M Endorsement.
However, both MGDL riders that acquired their 6 Endorsement after June 18, 2009, and grandfathered Learners (who acquired 6 Endorsement prior to June 18, 2009) that have driver suspensions and/or offenses or at-fault collisions related to motorcycles on record that have occurred within the last 3 years, are not eligible to progress to a full M Endorsement and they will be placed into the Novice 1 stage of the MGDL program upon successful completion of a motorcycle road test.