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Motorcyclists

Most rules that apply to motor vehicle drivers also apply to motorcyclists. 

However, some rules are specific to motorcyclists.

OffencePenaltyDemerits
Riders and pillion passengers  
failing to wear an approved helmet$550 
Motorcycle riders  
failing to sit astride the seat, facing forwards$1003
failing to ride with at least one hand on the handlebars$1003
failing to keep both feet on footrests designed for the driver$1003
Passengers on 2-wheeled motorcycles  
ride on a road with more than one passenger$100 
riding a motorcycle with a passenger who has not attained 8 years of age$100 
Trikes and sidecars riders  
ride with more passengers than a sidecar or passenger seat is designed to carry$1003
ride on a road with a passenger seated unsafely$1003
ride on a road with a passenger who has not attained 8 years of age, unless that passenger is in a sidecar$1003
Passengers on trikes and sidecars riders  
ride in a sidecar seated unsafely$100 
Animals on motorcycles  
riding a motorcycle with an animal between the rider and the handlebars$1001

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Animals on motorcycles

The rider of a motorcycle shall not ride with an animal on the part of the motorcycle between the rider and the handlebars.

However, this does not apply to a person who rides with an animal on a motorcycle for a distance of not more than 500 metres on a road for the purposes of a farming activity that the person is carrying out, provided it is safe to do so.

The information available on our website provides a simple interpretation of the law and is not intended to constitute legal advice. Full details of traffic offences and penalties are contained in the Road Traffic Code 2000.

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