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Vehicles and devices that are illegal on the road network

The table below provides information about vehicles and devices that cannot be used on the road network.

Type of vehicle/deviceCurrent statusImage
Bicycle with an internal combustion engine attached These vehicles cannot be registered or ridden on a road or road-related area, such as a path, under any circumstances as they are considered unsafe for road use.

These vehicles are classed as non-compliant motorcycles.
An image of a bicycle with an internal combustion engine
Pocket rocket These vehicles cannot be registered or ridden on a road or road-related area, such as a path, under any circumstances as they are considered unsafe for road use.

Pocket rockets are very small replicas of full sized motorcycles and usually have 30-50 ml petrol motors.

These vehicles are classed as non-compliant motorcycles.
An image of a pocket rocket—small replica of a full sized motorcycle
Illegal moped (sometimes sold or hired as a motorised bicycle)

These vehicles cannot be registered or ridden on a road or road-related area, such as a path, under any circumstances as they are considered unsafe for road use.

As the motor on these vehicles is the primary source of power, they are not classed as a bicycle. For the device to be classed as a bicycle, the pedals must be the primary source of power and the motor must be an auxiliary motor.

These vehicles are classed as non-compliant motorcycles.

Illegal moped
Shandong Juli These vehicles cannot be registered or driven on a road under any circumstances as they are considered unsafe for road use.

This vehicle is not defined in the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995. There are no rules about these vehicles in the Queensland Road Rules.

They are classed as a non-compliant motor vehicle and are not registrable.
An image of a Shandong Juli
Last updated
26 July 2016