Update to the Victorian road rules - Power assisted bicycles
The Victorian road rules have changed to enable a Pedalec to be used as a bicycle in Victoria.
The change will allow more options of power assisted pedal cycles under bicycle laws.
Rules in other Australian jurisdictions may differ
. VicRoads advises that riders check with the relevant road authority before travelling interstate.
What is a Pedalec?
A Pedalec is a type of power assisted bicycle equipped with one or more auxiliary propulsion motors.
It allows a maximum power of 250 watts, with a safeguard allowing for power assistance only when the bicycle is travelling at less that 25km/h and the rider is pedaling.
A Pedalec bicycle is a safe alternative mode of transport to a manual bicycle or passenger car. A Pedalec has power assistance that allows a bicycle rider to travel further and ride with less effort. These bicycles can be used without the need for registration, licensing or compliance with motorcycle standards and laws.
Why has the change been made?
The primary objective of the change is to provide increased options of transport for road users. Other benefits of the change include:
- capitalising on new technology and allowing more options of power assisted pedal cycles while maintaining safety requirements
- responding to demands from the community
- encouraging more road users to cycle as a form of sustainable transport
- bringing Victoria into line with regulations of jurisdictions around the world
- better identifying Pedalec cycles with a clear plate marking. (?)