A new ‘Farm Bike’ scheme will commence next year to allow the use of agricultural motorcycles that do not meet Australian Design Rules (ADRs).
Minister for Agriculture Joe Helper said the scheme would be a win for Victorian farmers as it will allow primary producers to use their motorcycles within a 25-kilometre radius of their property.
“Up until now all motorcycles were required to comply with the ADRs before they were allowed on the road network,” Mr Helper said.
“This meant that many agricultural motorcycles could only be used on private property.
“From 1 January, 2011, motorcycles that are used solely for primary production can be conditionally registered without meeting all the ADRs and primary producers will now be able to use an agricultural motorcycle on most roads within a 25km radius of their property.”
Mr Helper said conditional registration will give primary producers a greater choice of motorcycles and ensure riders can still use the road network without compromising the safety of themselves or others”.
“While motorcycles under the ‘Farm Bike’ scheme will not comply with all the ADRs, safety is still a priority which is why they must meet certain conditions,” he said.
“To be eligible to register an agricultural motorcycle under the Farm Bike Scheme motorcycles must have appropriate lighting, rear view mirrors, braking and exhaust systems.
“Agricultural motorcycles will not be permitted to travel on roads in built-up areas or on any declared freeway.
“The same road rules will still apply for agricultural motorcycles and riders must wear a protective helmet that is approved under the Roads Rules Victoria.
“I’m pleased that we are able to provide primary producers in regional Victoria with the flexibility to use their motorcycles on the farm and on the road.”