Immediate failure errors are serious riding errors that compromise safety.

Any one immediate failure error recorded during the assessment will result in immediate termination and failure of the assessment.

The table below lists the categories of immediate failure errors and provides a description of the corresponding fault.



Falls off You fall off or have a significant loss of control.
Obey You’re unable, because of lack of riding ability, to carry out a riding task required by the assessor.
Intervention The assessor provides verbal or physical assistance to you while the
assessment is in progress (eg to prevent a collision or prevent the development of an unsafe situation).
Leaving lane Your lateral position is either too close to, or over the centre line (unless overtaking), or you cross no passing lines (solid yellow lines) at any time.
Give way You fail to give way to other road users when required to do so, resulting in another road user having to take evasive action. This includes pedestrians on, or obviously waiting to cross at, a pedestrian crossing.
Excessive speed You exceed the speed limit for more than 10 seconds.

You hit or mount the kerb or touch any stationary object (such as a sign, fence, pole, tree or rubbish bin) or touch any vehicle or road user (pedestrian or cyclist).

Note – you are not penalised in the following situations:

  • if your tyre contacts the kerb (without mounting the kerb) when parking perpendicular to the kerb
  • if your motorcycle collides with another vehicle or road user and the collision is the fault of the other road user and you did not
    contribute to the collision.
Fail to stop

You do not come to a complete stop at a stop sign (with one foot on the ground) before proceeding.

You fail to stop when required to do so at:

  • a red or yellow traffic light; or
  • a railway level crossing.

Dangerous position    

You stop the motorcycle in a dangerous position, eg intruding into or blocking a pedestrian crossing or an area controlled by pedestrian traffic signals resulting in a pedestrian having to take evasive action (ie stop, slow, turn back, hurry, or diverge around the vehicle).

When waiting to turn you stop in a position that blocks the path of oncoming traffic.

When giving way at an intersection you intrude into the intersecting traffic stream.

You stop on a cross- hatched clear zone (cross-hatched yellow lines).

You stop on a railway crossing.

You enter an intersection when your passage or exit is blocked by stationary traffic.

Other dangerous 


Any other riding action not covered by other immediate failure errors that will either:

  • cause another road user to take evasive action
  • cause immediate danger to road users or property
  • unnecessarily increase the risk of collision.