e-bikes

bike logoAbout e-bikes

Categorised as Power-Assisted Category AB Bicycles, me-bikes are 200watt, pedal equipped bicycles that do not require either registration or a licence to ride on most Australian roads.

E-bike’s as a category expand from electric motors fitted to standard bicycles to higher powered vehicles that require registration and insurance like a normal ‘motor bike’.

At me-bike we specialise in the variety that is a bicycle that has the appearance of a scooter to provide greater weather protected and a comfortable transport experience ‘without’ the need for registration or a licence. We are passionate about opening up convenient personal transport without the need of a sweaty post trip shower or getting your clothes wet from the road (or wrecking your favourite pants).

Just grab a cycling helmet, and off you go!

 

Rider’s rules & regulations

Rules and regulation govern just about every aspect of our life, and transport is certainly no exception.  This is some information we have sourced in relation* to the licensing, registration and in-service requirements for electric bicycles in Australia.
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Any vehicle used on the road or a road delegated area is called, unsurprisingly, a “road vehicle” and the Motor Vehicles Standard Act 1989 (the Act) is the federal legislation governing the importation and supply to the market of road vehicles. A compliance plate approval is required to supply a road vehicle to the market “for use in transport’.
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Once the vehicle is on the road and in use (or “in-service”) the State and Territory legislation takes over.  All the States and Territories have agreed to a common set of requirements but there are some local variations.
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Power Assisted Pedal Bicycle/Electric Bikes

The ADRS (Australian Design Rules) define a “PEDAL CYCLE” (Vehicle Category AA) as “A vehicle designed to be propelled through a mechanism solely by human power” and a “POWER-ASSISTED PEDAL CYCLE” (Vehicle category AB) as “A pedal cycle to which is attached one or more auxiliary propulsion motors having a combined maximum power output not exceeding 200 watts”.
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The States and Territories have agreed to implement the Australian Road Rules which define a “bicycle” as “a vehicle with 2 or more wheels that is built to be propelled by human power through a belt, chain or gears (whether or not it has an auxiliary motor)”. This means that a “bicycle” includes both a pedal cycle and a power assisted pedal cycle. Normal “bicycle” road rules applies to power assisted pedal cycles and there is no requirements for licensing and registration of power assisted pedal cycles.
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The in-service requirements for bicycle riders are in Part 15 of the Australian Road Rules. This requires a bicycle to have at least 1 effective brake; and a bell, horn, or similar warning device, in working order.
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When riding at night a bicycle (or its rider) must have:
  • a flashing or steady white light that is clearly visible for at least 200 metres from the front of the bicycle; and
  • a flashing or steady red light that is clearly visible for at least 200 metres from the rear of the bicycle; and
  • a red reflector that is clearly visible for at least 50 metres from the rear of the bicycle when light is projected onto it by a vehicle’s headlight on low-beam.
  • The rider of a bicycle must wear an approved bicycle helmet securely fitted and fastened on the rider’s head.
  • The rider of a bicycle riding on a length of road with a bicycle lane designed for bicycles travelling in the same direction as the rider must ride in the bicycle lane unless it is impracticable to do so.
  • The rider of a bicycle must not ride on a part of a separated footpath designated for the use of pedestrians.
  • The rider of a bicycle who is 12 years old or older must not ride on a footpath if another law of the jurisdiction prohibits the rider from riding on the footpath.
  • The rider of a bicycle riding on a footpath or shared path must:
  1. keep to the left of the footpath or shared path unless it is impracticable to do so; and
  2. give way to any pedestrian on the footpath or shared path.
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The above information is a guide only and not guaranteed to be accurate nor up to date. To find out more information about each state and territory’s licensing and registration requirements, please go to:

* This is a guide only and is subject to change pending state government legislation