Responsible riding means riding with the safety and convenience of all road users in mind. Following the information in this section will help you to become a safe and responsible road user.
You, and any passengers you carry, must wear an approved safety helmet when riding a motorcycle.
You must not operate a vehicle in a condition or manner that could cause:
You must not ride:
You must not ride your motorcycle, or allow your pillion passenger to ride, in a manner or position that may cause injury.
Once you have your full licence, you may carry one pillion passenger behind you on a motorcycle. This person must sit astride a safe pillion seat, facing forwards, and have both feet on footrests. They must also wear an approved safety helmet.
You must not use any vehicle lighting equipment in a way that will dazzle, confuse or distract other road users.
You must not ride a vehicle that:
Make sure your vehicle's exhaust system and silencer are in good working order. This will prevent excessive gases and noise from the motorcycle.
Making the wheels of a motor vehicle lose traction and spin on the road surface may make unnecessary noise or smoke and could be a traffic offence.
The horn should only be used as a reasonable traffic warning. It should not make an unnecessary or unreasonably loud, harsh or shrill noise.
Don't play music so loudly that you can't hear:
On steep, narrow roads, it is easier for vehicles moving downhill to give way to vehicles moving uphill.
If you are riding in a funeral procession, you should ride with your vehicle's headlight on dip. That way, other drivers will know you are part of the procession.
Farmers often use country roads to move stock between paddocks. If there are animals on the road:
You are responsible for removing the following things if they fall or escape from your vehicle onto the road:
If the substance or glass can be removed quickly and safely, you must immediately remove it or ensure it is removed.
If the substance or glass cannot be removed quickly and safely, and there is likelihood of harm being caused to the public or any person, you must warn the public or report the occurrence immediately to the nearest police station or to a member of the police.
If all the drivers of the vehicles involved are physically incapacitated and unable to remove the substance or glass or warn the public or report the occurrence the person removing the vehicle from the scene must do those things as required.
You must not carry a firearm on your motorcycle unless you hold a firearm licence. You must never carry a loaded firearm on your vehicle. This also means you must not carry ammunition in the chamber or attached magazine of the gun.
While you are riding, you cannot create, send or read a text message on a cellphone or use a hand-held cellphone to make or receive a phone call. This includes accessing online services in any way.
You can, however, use your cellphone to make, receive or terminate a telephone call while riding if the phone is secured in a mounting fixed to the vehicle and you manipulate the phone infrequently and briefly.
You can also use a cellphone while riding to make a 111 or *555 call if it is unsafe or impractical to pull over and stop in a safe place at the side of the road to make the call.
Anything that takes your attention away from the road can be a potential hazard.
You should avoid or minimise the following distractions when you are riding:
Responsibilities you should know about when travelling in other vehicles include the following:
The safety belt must be worn correctly and kept securely fastened while the vehicle is in motion on the road.
Passengers 15 years and over are responsible for making sure that they wear their own safety belts correctly and that they keep them fastened while the vehicle is in motion.
Bus drivers in vehicles with passenger safety belts are not responsible for ensuring passengers wear them except passengers under the age of 15 sitting in a front seat alongside the driver.
Last updated: 12 December 2013