Do you sell miniature motorcycles? The rules have changed

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The Federal Minister for Housing and Assistant Treasurer, the Hon Michael Sukkar, has accepted advice from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to improve the safety of miniature motorcycles with a new safety standard. This standard was introduced in December and further information can be accessed by clicking here.

Whilst the new law maintains all of the existing requirements to prevent the supply of unsafe products, it also now requires:

  • Miniature motorbikes to carry a warning statement to guide children, parents and carers about their safe use, including that children should always be supervised
  • Requires miniature motorbikes to be fitted with a speed limiting device so that young or inexperienced riders can develop their skills before riding at higher speeds and
  • Regulation of high speed electric-powered miniature motorbikes
  • Vehicles with a maximum speed of 30 kilometres per hour or less, including toys, e‑bicycles and e-scooters
  • Smaller motorbikes which are eligible to be registered for road use, and
  • Smaller off-road minibikes designed and intended for use by children as a learner or introductory minibike

The safety standard excludes:

  • Vehicles with a maximum speed of 30 kilometres per hour or less, including toys, e‑bicycles and e-scooters
  • Smaller motorbikes which are eligible to be registered for road use, and
  • Smaller off-road minibikes designed and intended for use by children as a learner or introductory minibike

Suppliers will have a transition period up to December 19 2020 to implement the new requirements.

If you have any questions about your obligations, please click here.