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Taking children for a ride requires careful thought and planning for their safety.

Don’t think that your pillion will know what is expected of them. Before you take off explain that you need them to relax, hold onto the grab rail or your waist, and to follow your lead when you lean into a corner. On the links page there a number or articles related to riding with pillions.

One of the most important things when riding a motorbike is being visible to other motorists.

Motorcycle Riders Association of Australia state that there is no minimum age requirement for being a pillion passenger.  They state that the requirements are:

'A pillion passenger must be able to sit on the seat and both feet must be able to rest comfortably on the foot pegs'

However, an age requirement is in force in some states.  Please note:  The below information may not be current and you are advised to contact the relevant department in your state of residence.

ACT Minimum Pillion Passenger Age or Requirements
Australian Capital Territory pillion passenger information is available in the ACT Motorcycle Riders' Handbook here.

Any passenger carried on a motorcycle (not in a sidecar) must:

  • Must be of 8 years of age or older.
  • Sit astride the motorcycle pillion seat facing forward.
  • Keep both feet on the footrests designed for use by the pillion passenger.
  • Wear a correctly fitted and securely fastened approved motorcycle helmet.
  • Not interfere with the rider’s control of the motorcycle.
  • A motorcycle rider must not ride with more than one passenger (excluding sidecar passengers) the motorcycle.

Passengers carried in a sidecar must:

  • Wear a correctly fitted and securely fastened approved motorcycle helmet.
  • Remain safely seated.
  • The motorcycle rider must not ride with more passengers than the sidecar is designed to carry.

NOTE: Legislation being developed in 2009 will require that in future, the rider of a motorbike must not ride with a pillion passenger under 8 years old. Passengers under 8 years of age may be carried in a sidecar. Riders intending to carry children as passengers should check with Canberra
Connect on 13 22 81 to confirm whether this law has been implemented in the ACT.

NSW Minimum Pillion Passenger Age or Requirements
New South Wales pillion passenger information are found in the RTA Motorcycle Riders Handbook here

Any passenger carried on a motorcycle (not in a sidecar) must:

  • Sit astride the motorcycle pillion seat facing forward.
  • Keep both feet on the footrests designed for use by the pillion passenger.
  • Wear a correctly fitted and securely fastened approved motorcycle helmet.
  • Be eight years of age or older.
  • Not interfere with the riders control of the motorcycle.

Passengers carried in a sidecar must:

  • Wear a correctly fitted and securely fastened approved motorcycle helmet.
  • Remain safely seated.
  • The motorcycle rider must not ride with more passengers than the sidecar is designed to carry.
  • Children under eight are allowed to travel in a sidecar.

NT Minimum Pillion Passenger Age or Requirements
Northern Territory pillion passenger information from NT Department of Planning & Infrastructure is available here.

  • Only one pillion passenger may be carried and then only if the bike is fitted with proper footrests and seating.
  • Pillion passengers must always sit astride the seat facing forwards and with both feet on the footrests.
  • Both the rider and passenger are responsible for ensuring the passenger wears an approved helmet.

QLD Minimum Pillion Passenger Age or Requirements
Queensland pillion passenger information from Queensland Transport is available here .

  • you and any pillion or sidecar passenger must each wear a correctly fitted, securely fastened and approved helmet (complies with Australian Standard AS 1698)
  • there must be an approved seat and adequate/secure footrests (separate from any rider’s footrests) for any
  • pillion passenger
  • you and any other pillion passenger must sit astride the seat and face forwards
  • any pillion passenger must have their feet on the footrests only one pillion passenger can be on a motorcycle
  • any pillion passenger, except a passenger in a sidecar, must be eight years of age or older

SA Minimum Pillion Passenger Age or Requirements
South Australia pillion passenger information from Transport SA is available here .

Any passenger carried on a motorcycle just:

  • Sit astride the motorcycle pillion seat facing forward.
  • Keep both feet on the footrests designed for use by the pillion passenger.
  • Wear a correctly fitted and securely fastened approved motorcycle helmet.
  • Be eight years of age or older.

TAS Minimum Pillion Passenger Age or Requirements
Tasmanian pillion passenger information is available here .

If you are a passenger carried on a motorcycle
(not in a sidecar) you must -

  • sit astride the motorcycle pillion seat facing forward
  • be at least 8 years of age to be a pillion passenger
  • keep both feet on the footrests designed for use by the pillion passenger
  • wear a correctly fitted and securely fastened approved motorcycle helmet
  • not interfere with the rider’s control of the motorcycle

 

VIC Minimum Pillion Passenger Age or Requirements
Victorian pillion passenger information from VicRoads is provided here .

  • The passenger must be provided with footpegs and their fee must reach these footpegs
  • the pillion passenger must sit astride the motorcycle and behind the rider, face forward and keep both feet on the footpegs.
  • children under eight years of age must not travel as passengers on motorcycles.  However, they are still permitted to travel in a sidecar.

Vic Roads also provides good rider information: Guide to protective gearsafety tips for motorcyclists , and returning to motorcycling.

WA Minimum Pillion Passenger Age or Requirements
West Australian pillion passenger information from WA Department of Planning & Infrastructure is available here.

  • the person occupying the seat of a motorcycle; moped or motor carrier located behind the rider’s seat.
  • In WA a pillion passenger must be at least 8 years old and be able to keep their feet on the foot rests or in the case of a side car, confined within the sidecar

  

 
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