HARDER TO RIDE: Motorcycle reform will be introduced to riders.
HARDER TO RIDE: Motorcycle reform will be introduced to riders. FILE

Motorbike reforms to improve rider safety

REFORMS to motorbike licensing will come into force from October in Queensland.

The changes include extending off-road pre-learner training and assessment from two courses to three, and a new minimum period of three months for all learner drivers.

The minimum RE (restricted) licence period will be extended to two years, and there will be greater standardisation in Q-Ride courses.

The State Government said the changes would improve the skills and safety of riders and better prepare them for their time on road.

Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said changes to the competency-based testing and licensing would boost safety for one of the most vulnerable groups on our roads.

"Motorcycle riders and passengers continue to be over-represented in the road toll," Mr Bailey said.

"The figures are unacceptable and highlight the need for us to review and reform the motorcycle licensing system in Queensland," he said.

Mr Bailey said the changes were founded on community and industry feedback and included implementing a minimum learner licence period.

"We carried out a public consultation process last year, which included looking at crash data, reviewing road safety research and practices in other States and jurisdictions," he said.