Where do I stand with Irish Car licence??

Discussion in 'Australian Motorcycles' started by Paul Callaly, Aug 14, 2003.

  1. Paul Callaly

    Paul Callaly Guest

    From a long time listener, first time caller.
    At the moment I am living in Japan. I have a full Irish Car licence
    and have been driving a 125 bike here for one year. Don't know if this
    is legal or not but most Japanese police are afraid of/couldn't be
    bothered with foreigners.

    However next October(long time away I know) I am coming to Austrlia
    for a year and I want to buy a bike. I want to know how things stand
    with my Irish car licence in Australia. In Ireland my car licence
    allows me to drive up to a 125 bike. Does this apply in Australia too?

    I called Ireland's Licencing Head Office who didn't have a clue, only
    five people in the day I called(everyone was gone to a wedding
    reception. Could only happen in Ireland). I heard that the
    International permit is just a translation of your own countries
    driving licence. From what I read from other posts to this
    NEWSGROUP(might be wrong here), australians can drive up to a 250cc
    with car licence. Also read that the Aussie offices seem to make up
    the laws on a person to person basis. Are these things true?
    Also my girlfriend has Japanese car licence and she is coming with me.
    It costs AusD3000 for her to pass 250 bike test in Japan. Cost her
    over AusD5000 for car licence(automatic only)!!! That is why I need to
    know the laws now. I don't want her wasting money that can go on rent
    if she doesn't need to do test.

    By the way, I will be moving to Perth if it's important.

    Hope you can help
    Paul Callaly, Aug 14, 2003
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    Manning Guest

    No. Not even slightly. In some states a car licence allows you to ride a
    scooter of 50cc max, but that's all.
    WRONG on all counts. In ALL states you must apply for a motorcycle licence
    and pass a written and practical test. A few states have minor variations
    such as a system where you can go directly to an open licence (>250 cc)
    after your test. This includes QLD and NSW, although there are conditions
    such as age and length of holding car licence. QLD has a special system
    called Q-Ride you have to go through as well. Western Australia (where Perth
    is) has no such system - you must spend 12 months on a 250cc before you are
    allowed to ride anything larger.
    Not true. The rules may be crap, but they're applied consistently within
    each state. Each State can have different rules though - Australia is a
    federation, like the USA, and hence each of the 6 states/2 territories can
    pass different laws (to a degree, anyway, it's all gets a bit complicated.)
    Her licence may or may not be valid here. Contact the WA Department of
    Transport for an answer.

    However, even if her licence isn't valid, the cost of re-testing is nothing
    compared to those prices. You might spend $50-$100, but nowhere near $5000.
    A lovely place, you'll enjoy it.

    Manning, Aug 14, 2003
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  3. Paul Callaly

    Gavern Guest

    By the way, I will be moving to Perth if it's important.

    Far out that's a big change......!!
    From 1 person per square m to 1 person per square km.......

    You may even get out of second gear here.....
    (although the looong straight roads may negate the use of the brakes...)
    Gavern, Aug 14, 2003
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    Nev.. Guest

    That's right. You don't need an international licence or permit to drive in
    Australia if your current licence clearly states in English what category of
    vehicles you are licenced to drive.
    Yes, all true. The Australian Immigration department will give you $1,000,000
    and a blowjob from a gorgeous, blonde, Playboy centrefold when you arrive in
    Australia as a way of welcoming you. That is true too. :)
    It'll be much cheaper to come here and get a bike licence in Australia.
    '02 CBR1100XX #2
    Nev.., Aug 14, 2003
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    vinyl Guest

    To answer your question, no, Perth's not important.

    vinyl, Aug 14, 2003
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    Doug Cox Guest

    It's not, but don't let that put you off moving there...

    Doug Cox.
    Work to ride, Ride to work...
    Doug Cox, Aug 14, 2003
  7. Paul Callaly

    Gavern Guest

    To answer your question, no, Perth's not important.

    Mwahahahahahah... I'll pay double to THAT one..:)
    Gavern, Aug 14, 2003
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    Theo Bekkers Guest

    Perth IS important.

    On a car licence in Perth you can ride a 50cc - design limited to
    60km/h auto box scooter. No other motorcycle.

    Theo Bekkers, Aug 14, 2003
  9. Paul Callaly

    Theo Bekkers Guest


    Theo Bekkers, Aug 14, 2003
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    conehead Guest

    Except as a possible decoy terrist target?

    First we would have to convince them that there was life there, and then
    convince them that it was significant enough to wipe out for the glory of
    (insert your nominated anti-god here)
    conehead, Aug 14, 2003
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    Sandgroper Guest

    Silly bugger ,through the royalties/taxes of the mining resources ,
    Perth and West Aust pays most of the taxes to prop up the eastern states
    , just think of that when you are cruising along one of those nice
    smooth wide roads over there in the east.
    Sandgroper, Aug 14, 2003
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    PAS Guest

    Perth?.................Perth?..ummmmm somewhere near Auckland maybe.
    PAS, Aug 14, 2003
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    Mike OConnor Guest

    easy, get some fundamentalist ratbag to try to interpret one of Scroke's

    They should be able to 'discover' some motivation in there.

    Mike OConnor, Aug 15, 2003
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    PAS Guest

    SHIT now I know where it is..........isn't it the little cottage on the left
    side on that little island west of NZ.

    expat from Matamata.
    PAS, Aug 16, 2003
  15. Paul Callaly

    PAS Guest

    Yipp peeeee. First the tri-nations now the Bledisloe
    Cup.................next the WORLD.

    Shit my kiwi's showing.
    PAS, Aug 16, 2003
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