Motorcyclists

Motorcyclists have the same rights and responsibilities and must follow the same rules as other vehicle drivers on our roads.

It is an offence to ride a motorbike without an approved helmet and all bikes should be registered and in road worthy condition.

 

Motorcyclists should:

  • maintain their bike and tyres 
  • only wear a helmet that meets Australian Standards
  • wear suitable protective clothing
  • stick to the speed limit
  • reduce speed to suit conditions, such as fog or greasy roads
  • obey all road rules
  • ride to be seen, not in blind spots
  • give cars plenty of space – keep a three second gap and increase the gap when the road surface and conditions limit braking efficiency
  • use headlights when visibility is poor
  • brief pillion’s on riding safely. Riders are responsible for their passengers safety
  • look for motorists who aren’t looking, especially at intersections
  • change lanes carefully – look (head check) and indicate. Look over your shoulder and in your mirrors.

Drivers should:

  • always scan the traffic for motorcyclists, especially when changing lanes at intersections.
  • use headlights in poor visibility so motorcyclists see you.
  • check your blind spot for motorcyclists – look in mirrors and over your shoulder.
  • be aware that motorbikes can accelerate faster than cars.
  • motorcyclists have a right to take up an entire lane so overtake a them as you would any other vehicle.
  • be aware that motorcyclists may manoeuvre within their lane to avoid loose surfaces, potholes, or oil and coolant dropped by other vehicles.
  • give motorcyclists plenty of room – in good driving conditions; keep a three second gap between you and the vehicle ahead. 

For more information on motorcyclist safety including lane filtering, please visit the Justice and Community Safety website.

Information can also be found in the ACT Motorcycle Riders Handbook.