Motorcycle rule changes will save costs—at no risk to safety

Media Release


20 November 2015

The Australian Government today announced a change to the Australian Design Rules (ADRs) for motorcycles—which will save costs with no risk to safety.

Minister for Major Projects Paul Fletcher said the change will allow motorcycles and motorcycle handlebars to be wider than the rules allow today. 

The maximum permitted width for motorcycles will rise from 1000 mm to 1100 mm; for motorcycles with sidecars, three wheeled mopeds and motor tricycles it will rise from 1850 mm to 2000 mm.

The maximum handlebar width for motorcycles will rise from 900 mm to 1100 mm.

These changes are expected to save the industry around $3.4 million every year.  Over 4,600 new motorcycles a year will no longer need modifications to handlebars, bodywork, brake and clutch levers, foot pegs and panniers before they enter the Australian market.

After careful review, the Australian Government and state and territory governments agreed to amend the ADRs, as the amendments will not reduce vehicle safety and will bring Australia into line with other major vehicle markets including the European Union, United States and Japan.

Motorcyclists in Australia will now have improved access to motorcycles and motor tricycles as originally designed by the manufacturers, and at better prices.

Like the removal of requirements for rear motorcycle mudguard extensions announced by the Government last year, this initiative is in step with the Australian Government's response to the Productivity Commission‘s Report on Australia's Automotive Manufacturing Industry to accelerate harmonising ADRs with United Nations vehicle regulations.

Harmonisation with international standards provides access to the latest vehicle technology at the lowest possible cost. An important part of this is the removal of unique Australian content in the ADRs where it cannot be justified.

Further reforms will be announced in the coming months.