Police on MotorbikesAside from the Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme (LAMS) there aren’t too many road rules specifically for motorbikes in Western Australia.

Because there have been some motorbike law reforms in other states, we thought it would be a good idea to provide a bit of a rundown on their road rules in case you’re new to riding in WA, or you’re going on a multi-state motorbike journey.

Motorcycle Helmets

Your helmet must be Australian and New Zealand Standard (AS/NZS) approved in WA. Even though the EU standard helmets are now allowed in Queensland, you will be fined for not having an AS or AS/NZS approval sticker.

Lane Splitting / Lane Filtering

This one is rather complicated as there aren’t any specific laws pertaining to lane filtering, though WA does consider it an unsafe practice.

You can overtake a car in the same lane as you, whether it is moving or stationary, as long as you are on the right side of the vehicle, not crossing over to the right lane, and it is safe to do so. The only time you can overtake a vehicle on the left side is if it is stationary, and it is safe to do so.

 

So technically you can lane split, but there is still a lot of room for error that could result in some hefty fines. But be patient – there have been some good motorbike law reforms in Queensland and New South Wales and we may see these changes come into effect in other states yet.

Passengers

As usual, you can only carry one passenger if there is a pillion seat for a passenger. However, your passenger has to be at least 8 years of age in WA.

While you can take an animal as a passenger, it cannot be between you and the handlebars.

Basically, for everything else, it’s best to assume the rules are the same as those for regular vehicles. You can check the WA Department of Transport’s motorcycle safety handbook.

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