- You and any pillion or sidecar passenger must each wear a correctly fitted, securely fastened and approved helmet (complies with Australian Standard AS 1698).
- Any pillion passenger must have their feet on the footrests.
- Any pillion passenger must be eight years of age or older.
- You must have at least one hand on the handlebars.
- You must keep both feet on the footrests except when stopping or moving off.
- If the lane is wide enough in certain circumstances you can share a lane with another vehicle.
- You may ride side-by-side with another rider within a marked lane, provided you are not more than 1.5m apart.
- You must not ride more than two abreast within one lane.
- When moving sideways within a marked lane, you must giveway to any other vehicles in the marked lane.
When changing direction, signal for long enough to give sufficient warning to other drivers and pedestrians before you turn or change lanes. You must signal for at least five seconds when moving off from a parked position on the side of the road. Turn your indicator off when it is not needed. If you leave it on after you’ve made the turn you are giving the wrong message, which could be dangerous.
It can be dangerous to overtake between two vehicles travelling side-by-side in the same direction on a multilane road, irrespective of whether the vehicles are moving at high speed (lane splitting) or stationary or moving at low speed (lane filtering). The only exception to this is if the vehicles travelling side-by-side are motorcycles. Riders who lane split or filter may be penalised for committing offences such as failing to stay within a single marked lane, keeping a safe distance when overtaking or overtaking to the left of a vehicle.
Before you carry a pillion passenger you must have
held your motorcycle licence for at least 12 months.
Learner riders cannot carry pillion passengers even if under instruction.
Comply with the drink driving laws
If you are in your first year of riding, you must have a zero BAC (Blood/Breath alcohol concentration) when you are riding regardless of your age and regardless of how long you have held your car licence. If you have a learner or provisional licence, you must not have any alcohol in your body regardless of your age. If you have an open licence, after 12 months, you must have a BAC of less than 0.05.
Before pulling out from a parking spot on the
side of the road:
- Make sure you are in the correct gear (1st).
- Do not allow the vehicle to roll back.
- Check your mirrors and blind spots for other traffic.
- Indicate/signal for at least five seconds.
- Ride off smoothly into a safe gap in the traffic.
Parking rules and restrictions apply to all vehicles including motorcycles.
Some areas are designated motorcycle parking only. When parking a motorcycle, position at least one wheel as close as possible to the kerb.