Motorcycle Driver’s Handbook


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The MGDL program

Saskatchewan’s Motorcycle Graduated Driver Licensing (MGDL) program ensures all new motorcycle riders in the province have the necessary skills and knowledge to protect themselves and other drivers on the road. The program moves new motorcycle drivers through incremental levels of risk as they gain motorcycle driving experience. There are three stages through which new drivers must pass: Learner, Novice 1 and Novice 2.

Anyone wishing to obtain their motorcycle learner’s licence (6 Endorsement) will be required to successfully complete:

  • a vision test
  • a sign test
  • a rules of the road knowledge test
  • a specific motorcycle knowledge test
  • a basic ability road test, or provide proof of completion of an SGI-approved motorcycle training course. New riders are limited to three attempts at the basic ability road test before they are required to take an SGI approved motorcycle training course.

It’s strongly recommended that all new motorcycle riders successfully complete an SGI-approved motorcycle training course prior to operating a motorcycle as a learner. 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 one 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.

In order to receive a Safe Driver Recognition (SDR) discount, the person registering the motorcycle must hold a full M Endorsement. Drivers who enter the MGDL program after December 31, 2014 will not be eligible for an SDR discount on their motorcycles until they enter the Novice 2 stage of MGDL and take an SGI-approved motorcycle training course.

As of April 1, 2015, riders who use a motorcycle with an engine size of 400cc or less during their basic ability road test (6 Endorsement) or motorcycle road test (M Endorsement), 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.

An explanation of time frames, requirements and restrictions for each of the stages is included in the following chart:

 Motorcycle Learner
– Endorsement 61
Motorcycle Novice 1
– Endorsement M
Motorcycle Novice 2
– Endorsement M
DurationMinimum 1 year to a maximum of 2 years2 – 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)
RequirementsMust be 16 years of age, with written parental consent if under 18  
Pass the rules of the road, signs, vision, and motorcycle written knowledge testsPass a motorcycle road test 

- Must hold a Class 5 or higher driver’s licence.
- Pass a basic ability road test within 3 attempts, or take an SGI-approved motorcycle training course.

12 months without any at-fault collisions, suspensions or convictions312 months without any at-fault collisions, suspensions or convictions3
RestrictionsNo passengersNo passengers 
No nighttime riding (1/2 hour before sunset to 1/2 hour after sunrise)No riding between midnight and 5 a.m. 
May not tow a vehicleMay not tow a vehicleMay not tow a vehicle
May not consume any amount of alcohol or have any level of drug impairment, regardless of age, while operating a motorcycle (zero BAC or drug impairment).May not consume any amount of alcohol or have any level of drug impairment, regardless of age, while operating a motorcycle (zero BAC or drug impairment).May not consume any amount of alcohol or have any level of drug impairment, regardless of age, while operating a motorcycle (zero BAC or drug impairment).
Must display red Learner placard 'L’4Must display green Novice placard 'N’4Must display green Novice placard 'N’4
Must wear protective gear5Must wear protective gear5Must wear protective gear5

If you complete a motorcycle road test (for an M Endorsement, at stage Novice 1) on a motorcycle with an engine displacement under 50cc (e.g., 49cc moped) or a motor tricycle; you will be issued a J or H restriction. Riders with a J restriction are restricted to motorcycles under 50cc but are permitted to operate larger displacement motorcycles as a learner, and riders with an H restriction are restricted to three-wheeled motorcycles but are permitted to operate two-wheeled motorcycles as a learner.

It is important to remember to activate your endorsement after passing your learner or road exams 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.

For more information please refer to the MGDL brochure or visit Motorcycle GDL program.

Motorcyclists with a learner’s licence (6 Endorsement) – As of June 2014, all motorcycle learners are placed in the MGDL program and required to progress through the program in order to maintain their motorcycle riding privileges, regardless of when they acquired their 6 Endorsement.

Motorcycle learners that acquired their 6 Endorsement prior to June 18, 2009 were provided a two-year eligibility period to successfully complete a motorcycle road test. If a motorcycle road test is not completed within two years, their 6 Endorsement will no longer be valid.

Motorcycle learners that acquired their 6 Endorsement between June 18, 2009 and June 18, 2011 will continue to have their endorsement until June 18, 2015. If a motorcycle road test has not been successfully completed on or before that date, their 6 Endorsement will no longer be valid. All other motorcycle learners that acquired their 6 Endorsement after June 18, 2011 will continue to have 730 days after they were issued their 6 Endorsement to complete their motorcycle road test.

Footnotes

  1. Also applies to the holder of a J or H restriction when operating a 50cc or larger motorcycle or a two-wheeled motorcycle, respectively, as a learner.
  2. The learner period expires after two 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.
  3. At-fault collisions or traffic convictions while operating a motorcycle will restart the Novice 1 or Novice 2 12-month learning period.
  4. MGDL licence plate red placards for ‘L’ (Learner) and green placards for ‘N’ (Novice) drivers are available at all motor licence issuers and driver examination offices.
  5. Must have arms and legs covered and wear hand-covering gloves, ankle-covering boots and an approved three-quarter, modular or full-face helmet. This also applies to passengers where the operator has an M Novice 2 Endorsement.

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Rev: 2015