This document is no longer current and only maintained for historic purposes.
December 2016 – the South Australian government introduced simplified control laws allowing riders in SA to adjust their riding position including removing their hand from the grip, their foot from the peg or their behind from the seat.
National Road Rule Ammendments
Amendments against the Australian Road Rules will include, allowing a rider
- To not wear a helmet when pushing a motorcycle if the engine is not running and it is safe to do so (Amendment to R270).
- To stand up on the footrest or footrests if it is safe to do so (Amendment to r271).
- To remove a foot from the footrest (not both feet at the same time) if it is safe to do so (Amendment to R271).
What are Control Rules
Control Rules are the road rules that govern how a motorcyclist controls their vehicle. A motorcycle rider is currently required to sit astride the seat facing forwards and ride with at least 1 hand on the handlebars, and when the motorcycle is moving, have both feet remain on the footrests at all times.
Why the change
These control rules interfere with the everyday practicalities of riding a motorcycle and go against safe riding practices. For example, a motorcycle rider stretching a leg to avoid fatigue, or raising themselves from the seat when riding on uneven road surfaces will be in violation of the current road rules.
Is it legal elsewhere
Yes, simplified control rules have been implemented in Qld. NSW repealed the Australian Road Rule 271(1)(c).
How would the law work
- The road rule relating to how a motorcycle rider must sit and where they have their hands and feet would be simplified.
The new rule would read:
When riding a motorcycle that is moving under its own power, the rider must:
(a) remain astride the rider’s seat facing forwards; and
(b) have at least one hand on the handlebars
- The requirement to have both feet on the pegs will be removed.
- The rules would also apply to pillion passengers
How would the law be enforced
- Penalties continue to apply when motorcycle riders do not comply with the rules.
- Broader laws will continue to be enforced to ensure motorcycle riders have proper control of their motorcycle, ride with due care and attention and do not operate their motorcycle dangerously.