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The law has changed for bikes with engines - what are the changes?
From 1 January 2024, bicycles with a combustible (petrol) engine will be considered a motorbike under the law.
My bike has an engine, what do I need to do?
If you ride your bike on a public road, from 1 January 2024 you now must
- Register your bike
- Be licenced to ride a motorised bike
- Follow the road rules, including wearing a helmet, keeping to the speed limit, and not riding on bush tracks, footpaths or bicycle paths.
How do I register my bike?
- The bike must pass a safety inspection by an approved inspection station
- Then you can apply to register at a Service Tasmania service centre.
How do I get a licence?
To get a motorcycle licence you need to be at least 16 years and 6 months old. There are a few steps that must be taken:
- You must pass a road rules knowledge test at Service Tasmania
- Then you can attend a 2-day Pre Learner Course
- After passing the course you can get your licence at Service Tasmania.
What can happen if I don’t get a licence to ride my bike which has an engine?
It is against the law to ride a bike with an engine without a licence. It is also against the law if the bike is not registered. These things can happen:
- The police can take the bike away from you
- You could be given a big fine
- If you do it more than once you could even be sent to prison.
Where can I get more information?
Transport Services lists where you can take your bike for a safety inspection.
Service Tasmania has information about registering a bike with an engine.
Information about the Pre Learner Course.