You constantly think of roaming around Singapore on a motorbike. You always fancy exploring the city on 2 wheels instead of some long-awaited and fully packed public transports (bus, MRT), especially during this COVID-19 period which social distancing is a priority.
If you already had a motorcycle licence in a foreign country, congratulations! You only need to register for a Basic Theory Test, which takes about 1 hour, in order to convert to a Singaporean 2B licence (total cost is about $60). Some countries offer very cheap and easy ways to obtain a motorcycle driving licence because it’s the primary mode of transportation there. For example: Vietnam, India, Indonesia, Taiwan. The governments there made it easy so the public mass can use motorbikes.
Unfortunately, if you don’t have a current valid motorbike licence, the fastest track will still take you 2.5 to 4 months. The total cost is about $630.
All you need to do to get your Class 2B licence (up to 200cc) first when you turn 18 or over with physical and mentally fit.
For motorbike licences, unlike car licences which you can opt for private driving instructors instead of going through a driving school, since it’s cheaper; your only choice for motorcycle one is to register at one of following driving schools for a Class 2B licence in person (currently they don’t accept online application):
- Bukit Batok Driving Centre (BBDC)
- ComfortDelGro Driving Centre Pte Ltd
- Singapore Safety Driving Centre (SSDC)
Try to register for the test slots as early as you can, before you do anything else. Normally the earliest available slot is 1 month away. Remember to always bring money/NETS card and your NRIC for registration.
Here is how you can get a motorcycle licence on the fastest track, in 2 easy steps:
1. Basic Theory Test (BTT)
In order to prepare for BTT, you can either try BTT lessons at driving schools or even BTT test practices to enhance your knowledge.
Otherwise, a simple way to save your time is to go to the App store or Google play and search for BTT. You’ll find a lot of free apps that can help you. It takes you 2-3 hours to read through the materials and you can just keep trying all the quizzes in your spare time to memorise and learn.
After passing the BTT at any of the driving centres, you can apply for a PDL online, via the Singapore Police Force (SPF) e-service. The PDL is required for you to start learning to drive on public roads and operate a vehicle with your driving instructor.
2. Riding Theory Test (RTT)
Before sitting this RTT, you’ll need to attend all the centre’s theory lessons (approx. 12 hours duration); have passed the centre’s internal evaluation; and have passed a circuit assessment test at the centre. Remember that you need to attend these theory classes regardless of whether you have already passed the tests.
Also, since you already pass Basic Theory Test (BTT), you can apply for a Provisional Driving Licence (PDL), which allows you to practise riding in the driving circuit and on public roads while supervised by a driving school instructor. You can begin practical lessons even before you have passed your theory tests. Without the PDL, you will not be able to undertake the road riding components of the practical syllabus, nor will you be able to book your Traffic Police Test.
The driving school will require you to do a minimum number of practical lessons (approximately 14 hours) before going on to Practical Test. The lessons will include all the obstacle courses in the circuit (eg. plank, slalom, crank course, figure 8, e-brake, etc), followed by road riding.
If pass, you will receive a temporary licence immediately that allows you to ride in Singapore. You will receive the plastic licence about 1 week later. Congratulations!
Now, it’s time to show off your riding skill with your new licence. Before paying a full price for a bike, why not try to rent bikes from AloRide.com, so that you can make better buying decisions? We are one of the rare motorbike rental business in Singapore that accept P-Plate licence 😉