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.
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 below. The lists will be updated as new models are approved by the NZ Transport Agency.
Any motorcycle modified in a way that increases its power-to-weight ratio is no longer LAMS-compliant, regardless of whether it appears on the list.
If you are a rider on a learner or restricted motorcycle licence, it is your responsibility to ensure you are riding a LAMS-approved motorcycle, as produced by the manufacturer. If in doubt, seek confirmation from the manufacturer's agent or dealership. If you are unsure who to contact, details for all major motorcycle importers are available on the Motor Industry Association website (external link).
Failure to comply with the new rules may result in fines and demerit points.
Applying to have a motorcycle added to the approved or prohibited Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme lists
If there is a motorcycle you believe should be on the LAMS-approved list and it fits the primary criteria of being between 251cc and 660cc, and less than 150 kilowatts per tonne, you will need to submit a formal application to the NZTA for consideration. Vehicle specifications for the motorcycle should be gathered from your motorcycle manufacturer.
If there is a motorcycle with an engine capacity of less than 250cc that you believe should be on the LAMS-prohibited list, you will need to submit a formal application to the NZTA for consideration.
Complete either of the following forms and mail to: Assessments Team, NZ Transport Agency, Private Bag 6995, Wellington 6141, or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Application to have a motorcycle added to the Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme list (PDF, 1 page, 104 KB)
- Application to have a motorcycle added to the Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme prohibited list (PDF, 1 page, 67 KB)
Requests received prior to the 20th of each month will be considered for addition to the LAMS lists, and if approved, will be published on the first working day of the following month.
For further information:
- View our frequently asked questions (PDF, 132 KB, 3 pages)
- Approved motorcycles for learner and restricted riders - leaflet (PDF, 247 KB, 2 pages)
- Download a list of approved learner and restricted motorcycles (PDF, 69 KB, 12 pages)
- Email the NZTA contact centre at email@example.com or phone 0800 822 422.