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Carrying passengers

Information about carrying passengers on a bicycle.

It is unlawful to give a person a lift on a bicycle unless that bike has been specially designed to carry a passenger. A bike designed for a passenger should have a passenger seat and foot rests or pedals. The passenger must remain seated unless the bike is properly parked.

A bicycle may have an approved child’s seat attached.

Passengers must wear approved safety helmets unless they are exempted from this rule.

For more information about helmets see Bicycle equipment.

Maximum penalty

A cyclist can be fined up to 3 penalty units if:

  • they carry more people than the bicycle is designed to carry
  • the passengers are not seated.

If the matter is dealt with by issuing an infringement notice, the penalty will be 1 penalty unit.

Carrying passengers in bicycle trailers

Cyclists must not tow person in bicycle trailer unless the:

  • cyclist is over 16, passenger is under 10
  • trailer is safe to carry person
  • passenger is wearing approved bicycle helmet securely fastened (or carrying valid exemption).

Being towed/holding (or too close) to a moving vehicle

Cyclists must not ride bicycle that is being towed by another vehicle and:

  • must not hold onto another moving vehicle
  • must not ride within 2 metres of rear of moving motor vehicle (continuously for over 200 metres).

Maximum penalties

Cyclists can be given the following fines for the disregarding these rules:

  • riding less than 2 metres behind a moving vehicle for more than 200 metres—3 penalty units
  • holding onto a moving vehicle—5 penalty units
  • being towed by another vehicle—5 penalty units.

Note if these matters are dealt with by issuing an infringement notice the penalties will be reduced.

See Schedule 7—Road Safety (General) Regulations 2019 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

More information

Legislation

Road Safety Road Rules 2017 (Vic)

  • r. 17—defines a rider
  • r. 246—carrying people on a bicycle
  • r. 254—bicycles being towed etc.
  • r. 255—riding too close to the rear of a motor vehicle
  • r. 257—riding with a person on a bicycle trailer
  • Dictionary—defines a bicycle

See Road Safety Road Rules 2017 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

Road Safety (General) Regulations 2019 (Vic)

  • Schedule 7—infringements

See Road Safety (General) Regulations 2019 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

A section of the Victorian Road Commission site is dedicated to cyclist issues.

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