This grade is recognised as the highest riding award available to the public. It will be awarded only to the polished systematic rider who displays a complete understanding and appropriate application of the principles outlined in Motorcycle Roadcraft. With all this in place the gold standard rider will be able to make unobtrusive, planned, polished progress consistent with safety and the law. The candidate will display a confidence and ability throughout the whole test which leads the examiner to consider that the candidate has the potential to do well on a police advanced course. The candidate’s performance must be consistent throughout the whole of the test and so lapses may result in a lower grade. Awards of this grade will therefore be reserved for the very best riders.
This grade will be awarded to riders who are well above the average. These riders will produce consistently safe and systematic rides but perhaps without the final polish, flair and smoothness of the gold rider. They will demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the system of motorcycle control. Candidates must be able to ride up to the permitted speed limit where it is safe to do so but vary speed according to circumstances and conditions. It must be emphasised that silver is a high grade and a commendable achievement.
This grade will be awarded to riders whose performance is significantly above the standard required to pass the L-riding test. These riders will show a basic knowledge of Motorcycle Roadcraft but lack the ability to apply the system consistently throughout the test. The ride should be entirely safe, observing traffic signs, responding correctly to hazards and should display advanced riding techniques.
A test pass is valid for 3 years, after which a retest must be taken in order to maintain currency. If a candidate achieves a Bronze or Silver pass they may apply to take a retest (for which a fee is payable) before the three year retest becomes due.