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Scooters

Light Vehicle Technical Bulletin

This bulletin is a guideline only. At all times the appropriate legislation currently in force takes precedence.

Introduction

This Bulletin explains the legality of powered scooters, skateboards and bicycles, and miniature motor cycles etc.
Tasmanian Legislation

The Tasmanian Vehicle and Traffic Act 1999 defines a motor vehicle

"motor vehicle" means a vehicle that is built to be propelled by a motor that forms part of the vehicle but does not include;

  1. an aircraft, or
  2. a motor vehicle that travels only on a railway, tramway or other fixed track, or
  3. a pedal cycle with an auxiliary motor (or motors) with a power output (or combined output) of not more than 200 watts; or
  4.  a self-propelled lawn mower that is not capable of traveling at a speed of more than 10km/h; or
  5. a self-propelled wheelchair that is not capable of traveling at a speed of more than 10km/h, or
  6. a self-propelled vehicle 

(a)  not capable of travelling at a speed of more than 10km/h; and
(b)  designed for off-road work in construction, maintenance or warehouse operation; and
(c)  only used on a public street for the purpose of loading or unloading the vehicle onto another vehicle, or manoeuvring at a work site.

Any scooter with a motor is considered to be a motor vehicle.

A motor vehicle must be registered if it is parked or used on a public street or a road related area. A motor vehicle must not be used on a footpath or shared pathway.

Policy

  • Any motorised vehicle which is not excluded from the definition of "motor vehicle" must be registered if it is used on a public street or a road related area.
  • To be eligible for registration all vehicles must comply with relevant Australian Design Rules and the Vehicle Standards and be fitted with an approved Australian compliance plate.
  • Any vehicle which is not fitted with an approved Australian compliance plate is not eligible for registration, and must not be used on a public street or road related area.
  • A pedal cycle with an auxiliary motor (or motors) with a power output (or combined output) of not more than 200 watts does not require to be registered and may be used on public streets and on road related areas. The rider does not need to hold a current drivers licence but must wear an approved bicycle helmet and obey all Road Rules.