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Legal vehicles and devices that do not require registration

The table below provides information about legal vehicles and devices that do not need registration to be used on the road network.

Type of vehicle/deviceCurrent statusExample of vehicle/device
Wheeled recreational device Riders of wheeled recreational devices are classed as pedestrians. Most of the rules for pedestrians apply to these riders. There are also some specific rules relating to the use of these devices. For example, they can only be ridden on roads where there is no dividing line and where the speed limit is 50 kilometres per hour or less. They cannot be ridden on a road at night unless crossing the road by the shortest route. They can also be ridden on road-related areas such as footpaths.

Wheeled recreational devices are defined in Schedule 4 of the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995. Also, wheeled recreational devices cannot be ridden where there is a sign prohibiting their use.

Wheeled recreational devices include skateboards, roller blades, roller skates and foot scooters.
An image of a skateboard
An image of roller blades
Wheeled toy The same rules that apply to wheeled recreational devices also apply to wheeled toys. A wheeled toy is a 'wheeled toy' only where the rider is under 12 years of age. Wheeled toys are defined in the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995.

Wheeled toys include children's pedal cars, scooters, tricycles or similar toys, but only when ridden by children under 12 years of age.
An image of a wheeled toy
An image of a wheeled toy
Motorised foot scooter Motorised foot scooters are classed as a wheeled recreational device and are not registrable.

These devices can only be powered by an electric motor with a maximum power output of 200 watts.
An image of an electric powered foot scooter
Motorised bicycle Motorised bicycles are included in the definition of a bicycle. A motorised bicycle is a bicycle with an electric motor attached capable of generating no more than 200 watts of power.

These bicycles are not registrable.
An image of a motorised bicycle
Last updated
14 February 2013