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The Rider's Handbook

Carrying passengers and loads

Motorcycle passengers

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

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  • Sit astride the motorcycle pillion seat facing forward.
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  • Keep both feet on the footrests designed for use by the pillion passenger.
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  • Wear a correctly fitted and securely fastened approved motorcycle helmet.
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  • Be eight years of age or older.
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  • Not interfere with the rider's control of the motorcycle, or distract the rider.
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  • The motorcycle rider must not ride with more than one passenger (excluding sidecar passengers) on the motorcycle.
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Learner riders can only carry a pillion passenger who is acting as a Qualified Supervising Driver who has held a current unrestricted Class R licence for the preceding 2 years.

Sidecar passengers

Passengers carried in a sidecar must:

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  • Wear a correctly fitted and securely fastened approved motorcycle helmet.
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  • Remain safely seated.
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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.

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Any load carried on a motorcycle must:

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  • Not project more than 150mm beyond the outer extremity of the front wheel.
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  • Not project more than 300mm beyond the outer extremity of the rear wheel.
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  • Not project beyond the extreme outer portion of the motorcycle on either side.
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All loads must:

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  • Be properly secured.
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  • Not cause the motorcycle or combination to become unstable.
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  • Not project from the motorcycle or combination in a way that is likely to injure or obstruct other vehicles or pedestrians, or cause damage to a vehicle or anything else (including the road surface).
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Towing and being towed

If a motorcycle is being towed by another vehicle, with a towline (chain, rope, fabric, strap or wire), the distance between the two vehicles must not exceed 2.5 metres.

If the towline is longer than 2 metres, a white or brightly coloured flag, piece of cloth or other similar material must be attached to the line as a warning.

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