The government has rather recently directed all driving schools and institutes across the nation to charge potential motorcycle student no more than RM211.
This applied to those who intent to secure a Class B2 motorcycle license.
Briefly, the amount of RM211 seems to cover:
i) Attending the 5 hour course on Kursus Pendidikan Pemandu.
ii) Sitting for the computer test on the Highway Code.
iii) The issuance of the Learner Driver’s License or “L”.
iv) Attendance of the 6 hours theory course.
However, it should be informed that the driving school, being a service orientated business concern has the right to impose reasonable service charges on the student.
According to a close friend of mine who has been in the driving school business for over 40 years, the service charge can amount to anything from RM150 – RM200.
If should also be informed that a student is allowed to sit for the computer test only once. Should a student fail his or her Highway Code the first time around, then the driving school will impose a fee of RM50 for the second attempt.
The above rules and regulations are in accordance with the requirements of the transport authorities.
Where does a potential student wishing to secure a Class B2 (below 250 cc) license go after he or she has obtained the “L” license?
The student has to then enroll himself, normally through a driving institute to learn how to ride correctly at the institute’s premises.
This course which cost RM70 – RM85 will again be borne by the proprietor of the driving school or institute.
And what does the motorcycle learner be taught in its 4 – 5 lessons course?
In fact, at the institute, the tuition provided is done by trained driving instructors of the institutes who possess the necessary documents and certificates.
The motorcycle course, in case you are not aware is divided into 2 parts. They are:
1) Riding around 2 round abouts.
2) Crossing a narrow 1 foot bridge in approximately 7 seconds or less.
3) Riding or zig sagging amongst a series of cones.
4) Doing an emergency stop procedure.
The above obstacles is said to test the students’ ability to control a motorcycle well.
This part is the practical test where it proceeds on to test the student on other aspects. This is called the “road riding” aspect of the test.
i) Checking or installing signals, horns, hand brakes and foot brakes, front and rear brakes and handle bar mirror prior to moving off.
ii) The ability to use hand signals and mechanical signals of the vehicle well.
iii) Slowing down signals.
iv) How to put the vehicle or either 1 stand or double stand procedures.
It should further reiterated that once a rider wobbles or falls, he or she will be accorded an instant failure!
Come to think of it, to secure a B2 motorcycle license, the obstacles are many. In reality, it is not an easy thing getting a B2 motorcycle license after all.
My advice to all potential candidates is visit the institute’s premises more often so that you can learn to be adept in riding and controlling the vehicle prior to your practical test by the J.P.J. authorities.
If you should fail either Part I or Part II of the practical test, you will have to resit for it at a later date. And obviously, you have to learn a few more lessons before appearing for the next test. And this would mean further expenses on your part.
If you are able to pass both the parts of the practical test, then you will be rewarded with a B2 class riding license for bikes under 250 cc.