Is your motorised scooter, bike or skateboard legal?

If your scooter, bike, or skateboard is motorised it is not the same as ordinary unpowered wheeled toys. When ridden, they can become dangerous to other footpath or road users.

These prohibited vehicles cannot be registered or insured and can only be used on private land.

It is, therefore, illegal to ride mini bikes, monkey bikes and some small electric or petrol-powered vehicles on public roads, footpaths, cark parks or in parks.

Prohibited vehicles include:

  • All petrol-powered bicycles that:
    • Have a petrol-powered engine attached before or after purchase
    • Are powered by any other type of internal combustion engine.
  • Motorised foot scooters (with or without a seat) with an electric or petrol engine
  • Mini bikes or monkey bikes
  • Motorised human transporters such as the WheelMan or Segway
  • Skateboards with an electric or petrol motor

Safety Risks

Prohibited vehicles can cause serious injuries. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has recalled some mini and monkey bikes and issued a safety warning on hoverboards.


 There are heavy penalties for using an unregistered or uninsured vehicle in NSW. Use of a vehicle includes driving and parking the vehicle on a road or road-related area.

See: Transport for NSW.

Options if you receive a Penalty Notice

You have three options:

  1. Pay the fine;
  2. Request a review of the fine by Revenue NSW;
  3. Elect to take the matter to Court.

If you decide to take the matter to Court (that is ‘elect’) on the matter, you cannot reverse that decision and the maximum penalty related to the offence may increase. Therefore, it is important to know when and why you might decide to take a matter to Court before doing so.

If you or someone you know needs legal advice or representation for a criminal or traffic law matter, contact the team at Hamilton Janke Lawyers 24/7 by calling 4038 1666.

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James Janke
James Janke

James Janke is founding partner at Hamilton Janke Lawyers, and has more then decade of experience as a Criminal Defence Lawyer. Admitted to both the Supreme Court of New South Wales and High Court of Australia

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