Motorised Bicycle Laws: Australia

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StateInternal Combustion Engines on Bicycles
Australian Capital TerritoryUnknown
New South WalesIllegal
Northern TerritoryIllegal* (Legal under 200 Watts = 0.268 hp = 4cc. Motorised bicycle engines are way over this limit)
QueenslandIllegal
South AustraliaIllegal
TasmaniaIllegal* (Legal under 200 Watts = 0.268 hp = 4cc. Motorised bicycle engines are way over this limit)
VictoriaIllegal* (Classed as motorcycles - not sure if registration is possible)
Western AustraliaIllegal* (Legal under 250 Watts = 0.335 hp = 5cc. Motorised bicycle engines are way over this limit)



Australia Capital Territory Motorised Bicycle Laws

We couldn't find any laws regarding motorised bicycles in the Australian Capital Territory. Please edit this thread if you find anything.



New South Wales Motorised Bicycle Laws

Internal combustion engines -
Illegal

"Petrol powered bicycles
All petrol-powered bicycles are illegal on NSW roads and road-related areas such as footpaths, shared paths, cycle ways and cycle paths. This includes bicycles that:


  • Have a petrol-powered engine attached before or after purchase
  • Are powered by other types of internal combustion engines."
Source: https://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/stayingsafe/bicycle-riders/petrol-powered-bicycles.html



Northern Territory Motorised Bicycle Laws

Internal combustion engines -
Illegal (*Only legal under 200 Watts but all motorised bicycle engines are way over this. 200 Watts = 0.268 hp = 4cc.)

"A power-assisted bicycle has:
  • pedals as a means of propulsion
  • an engine or motor which is capable of producing a power output not exceeding 200 watts."

Source: https://nt.gov.au/driving/rego/getting-an-nt-registration/vehicle-standards/



Queensland Motorised Bicycle Laws

Internal combustion engines -
Illegal

"All motorised bicycles with internal combustion engines, for example, petrol or diesel motors, are also illegal."

"Regardless of whether the motor's power wattage is compliant, if the motor is the primary source of power, it is illegal and cannot be ridden on roads or paths. For example, if you can twist a throttle and complete a journey using the bicycle's motor power only, without using the pedals, it is illegal."


Source: https://www.qld.gov.au/transport/safety/rules/wheeled-devices/bicycle



South Australia Motorised Bicycle Laws

Internal combustion engines -
Illegal

"New regulations regarding power assisted bicycles

As from the 15 December 2016 internal combustion engines that are fitted to bicycles are not permitted to be used on South Australian roads or road-related areas."


Source: https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/driving-and-transport/cycling/riding-a-power-assisted-bicycle



Tasmania Motorised Bicycle Laws

Internal combustion engines - Illegal (*Only legal under 200 Watts but all motorised bicycle engines are way over this. 200 Watts = 0.268 hp = 4cc.)


"Bicycles fitted with an internal combustion engine/s that have a power output or combined output greater than 200 watts, such as a lawn mower, chainsaw or brush cutter engine are not considered as a power-assisted pedal cycle and cannot be used on a public space."

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Victoria Motorised Bicycle Laws

Internal combustion engines - Illegal (*Classed as motorcycles and you have to get them registered, but we're not sure if this is possible without a VIN or chassis number. Also need to hold a motorcycle license.)

"These are considered to be motorcycles. The rider will be required to hold a motorcycle licence and have the vehicle registered before it can be used on the road network. Motorcycles cannot be ridden on footpaths or bicycle paths. Motorcycle riders must wear an approved motorcycle helmet.

The following examples are likely to be classed as motorcycles and not bicycles:

A bicycle with a petrol-powered motor attached. Even the smallest conversion kits produce well in excess of 200 watts and are capable of high speeds. These speeds are comparable to those of small motorcycles."


Source: https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/safety-and-road-rules/cyclist-safety/power-assisted-bicycles



Western Australia Motorised Bicycle Laws

Internal combustion engines - Illegal (*Only legal if it is under 250 Watts but all motorised bicycle engines are way over this. 250 Watts = 0.335 hp = 5cc.)

"Vehicles not considered bicycles are wheelchairs, wheeled recreational devices like Segways, wheeled toys like scooters, skateboards or skates, or any vehicle with an auxiliary motor capable of generating a power output over 250 watts (whether or not the motor is operating)."

Source: https://www.transport.wa.gov.au/activetransport/bicycle-rules-standards-and-safety.asp
 

Anton

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I'm just looking over the laws, I think they are illegal in most states unfortunately....
 

DAMIEN1307

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Australia used to be reknowned for its freedoms and and how easy going its society was...What happened over there???

All that wild, wide open territory and you have a bunch of politicians making such restrictive laws against a great hobby/sport such as ours...Its a shame...DAMIEN

I'm just looking over the laws, I think they are illegal in most states unfortunately....
 

Karl Snarl

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Sounds like commiville. I wouldn't wanna live there. No guns, No bikes, No personal nuclear deterrent systems, is there any thing y'all can do down there?
 

DAMIEN1307

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is there any thing y'all can do down there?
YEP...Drink some more Fosters and throw a few more shrimp on the barbie, have a vegemite sandwich, Go for a swim or surf with the sharks off The Great Barrier Reef, and then listen to some "Men At Work" music...lol...DAMIEN

Ps...Don't forget to look up your friendly neighbourhood Kadaitcha Man while your there too...lol.

 

DAMIEN1307

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What is that? 😆
This will keep ya busy for a while..."Learn baby learn"...lol...DAMIEN

Ps...It is pronounced kad-eye-cha.




 

Karl Snarl

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This will keep ya busy for a while..."Learn baby learn"...lol...DAMIEN




May take me a bit, but I tabbed them in my browser.
 
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