Pwr Laws

approved bikeWhat is a power-assisted bicycle?

A power assisted bicycle is a pedal cycle with a motor attached to help the rider. The attached motor (or motors) may provide up to 200 Watts of assistance.

Road rules for power-assisted bicycles

Riders do not require a driverís licence, motor vehicle registration or compulsory third party insurance.

Riders are bound by the same rules as other bicycles, including the need for the rider to wear a helmet
and the power-assisted bicycle to have:

  • effective brakes
  • a bell, or other audible warning device
  • a rear-facing red reflector at night
  • unapproved bikea white light to the front and a red light to the rear at night (both may flash) clearly visible from at least 200 metres.

Differences between a power-assisted bicycle and a motorcycle

At first glance some motorbikes with pedals look similar to power-assisted bicycles. The main differences are speed, pedal crank spacing, weight, seat position, seat shape and gearing.

A good rule of thumb is that if the main means of propulsion is by pedal power and the motor produces 200 Watts or less then it is a power-assisted pedal cycle.

If the main source of power is the motor then it is a motor vehicle and operating it requires a driverís licence and registration.

State By State Resources

South Australian Power Assist Laws
VicRoads Bicycle Page
NSW Roads & Maritime Services