Wheeled Recreational Devices, Scooters, MopedsQ: Can I ride a pocket mini bike on the road?
No, a pocket mini bike cannot be ridden on the road. A road includes the footpath and other road related areas such as bicycle paths and parking lots. A pocket mini bike is classified as a motorbike, and therefore needs to be registered. However, Queensland Transport will not register a pocket mini bike because it does not comply with the Australian Standards. If you have any further enquiries in relation to this issue, please contact Queensland Transport on 3834 2011 or www.transport.qld.gov.au.Q: Is a pocket mini bike considered to be a powered wheeled recreational device (motorised scooter) that can be used on a pedestrian/bicycle path?
No. The engine capacity exceeds 200 watts and they are therefore not a powered wheeled recreational device. Please refer to Schedule 6 of the Transport Operations (Road Use Management - Road Rules) Regulation 1999 ("Definitions"). Any vehicle, other than a bicycle, that is propelled by a motor cannot be ridden on a path (Refer to section 288 of the Transport Operations (Road Use Management - Road Rules) Regulation 1999). This legislation along with all other Government legislation can be accessed from the website of the Office of the Queensland Parliamentary Counsel at www.legislation.qld.gov.au/Legislation.htmQ: Can my 15 year old son ride his motorised scooter that has an engine capacity of less than 200 watts on the road?
No, a 15 year old cannot ride a powered wheeled recreational device on a road or elsewhere other than private property. Your son must be 16 years of age or older and he may then ride that type of vehicle on a road that has no centre line or traffic island. He cannot ride on a 1-way road with more than 1 marked lane. Refer to Section 240A of the Transport Operations (Road Use Management - Road Rules) Regulation for further information.
A 16 yr old may ride a powered wheeled recreational device on a footpath so long as the motor is switched off, and provided that they are wearing an approved helmet properly secured and fastened. Should your child endeavour to engage in riding at night, the appropriate lighting is required as outlined in Section 259 of the Transport Operations (Road Use Management - Road Rules) Regulation 1999.