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Motorised foot scooters and motorised bicycles

Motorised foot scooters and motorised bicycles are a great way to get around and can be fun to ride.

Motorised foot scooters

A motorised foot scooter is a scooter which has an electric motor attached of 200 watts output or less. The manufacturer of the scooter must certify that the power output does not exceed 200 watts, by either attaching a plate to the motor or engraving it.

A motorised foot scooter must not be capable of travelling faster than 10km/h on level ground.

When using a motorised foot scooter you must wear an approved bicycle helmet securely fitted and fastened.

A motorised foot scooter is a wheeled recreational device. You must comply with the road rules for wheeled recreational devices when using a motorised foot scooter.

Motorised bicycles

There are 2 types of legal motorised bicycle. For the first type, the electric motor must not be capable of generating more than 200 watts of power. For the second type, know as a 'pedalec', the vehicle must comply with the European Standard for Power Assisted Pedal Cycles (EN15194). The vehicle must have a permanent marking on it that shows it complies with the standard. A compliant pedalec can have up to 250 watts of power. But the motor cuts out at 25km/h and the pedals must be used to keep the motor operating. It is illegal to ride a bicycle on roads or road-related areas (such as paths) if the bicycle has an internal combustion engine (for example, a petrol or diesel motor) attached.

The pedals on a motorised bicycle must be the primary source of power for the vehicle. If the motor is the primary source of power then the device cannot be classed as a motorised bicycle. For example, a device where the rider can twist a throttle and complete a journey using motor power only without using the pedals, would not be classed as a motorised bicycle. Vehicles such as these are sometimes offered for sale or hire for illegal use on roads and paths.

A 2-wheeled vehicle with an internal combustion engine, or an electric motor capable of generating over 200 watts, must comply with the Australian Design Rules* requirements for a motorbike if it is to be ridden on roads or road-related areas.

When riding a motorised bicycle you are required to adhere to the same road rules as when riding a bicycle and you have the same rights and responsibilities. Motorised bicycles are exempt from registration and compulsory third party insurance.

When riding a motorised bicycle you must wear an approved bicycle helmet securely fitted and fastened.

The motorised bicycle must have:
  • a bell or horn
  • at least 1 effective brake.
When riding at night you must display:
  • a white light at the front, visible for 200m
  • a red light at the back, visible for 200m
  • a red reflector at the back, visible for 50m.

You can ride a motorised bicycle on all roads and paths, except where bicycles are specifically excluded.

You do not need to have a driver licence to ride a motorised bicycle.

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Last updated
18 February 2016