Approved motorcycles for learner and restricted riders (LAMS)
On 1 October 2012, new rules came into effect that change the types of motorcycles learner and restricted licence holders can ride. The rules, which aim to improve motorcycle safety, include the introduction of a new motorcycle rating system.
The rating system, known as the Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme (LAMS) is an initiative of the road safety strategy Safer Journeys.
Updated: 11 April 2013
LAMS identifies a range of motorcycles appropriate for learner and restricted Class 6 licence holders, based on their level of experience. The scheme determines appropriate motorcycles based on the overall performance capability of the motorcycle.
Learner and restricted motorcycle riders now have a wider range of motorcycles to choose from and need to ensure the motorcycle they are riding meets the new criteria.’
LAMS-approved and prohibited motorcycles
There are two categories of LAMS motorcycles: LAMS-approved and LAMS-prohibited motorcycles.
LAMS-approved motorcycles are determined by two factors:
- a maximum power-to-weight ratio of 150 kilowatts per tonne (the power is that specified by the manufacturer and the weight is the weight specified by the manufacturer plus 90kgs for the rider and riding gear); and
- an upper engine capacity limit of 660cc.
Motorcycles and scooters with an engine capacity of 250cc or under are automatically LAMS-approved, with the exception of a small group of 250cc motorcycles are not approved for learner and restricted riders due to their high performance capabilities.
Learner or restricted licence holders who rode one of these 250cc motorcycles before 1 October 2012 have the option to apply to the NZTA for an exemption, which may enable them to continue to legally ride this motorcycle.
The full lists of LAMS-approved and LAMS-prohibited motorcycles can be found by clicking on the link below. The lists are continually updated as new models are approved by the NZ Transport Agency.