The NSW Road Transport Authority (RTA), which has been looking at the issue of power assisted bikes, now has a draft report. Graham Bradshaw, EO of the Retail Cycle Traders Association (RCTA) tells us this is available from the RCTA website.
Comments are due to the RTA by April 30th.
“In summary, the RTA is happy with an increase in the power limit to 300w, subject to a couple of conditions, but warn that it will take time to implement. There are some things that need to be clarified, I feel, and the public consultation process should bring those out.
For those expecting a quick fix, it ain’t going to happen, this is a government regulation process, remember.
Even if the NSW RTA accepts this report, then all other states have to agree to it before it goes national. Individual states can set their own rules, as has happened recently in Queensland where they have banned fuel engine assisted bicycles, regardless of power level.
Several states are in favour of, or are not bothered by, a power increase, others are not so sure, so there is much to be done.
There is a growing recognition that power assisted bicycles are a congestion relieving, greener way to travel, so that is in our favour.”
Graham Bradshaw can be contacted:
T: 03 9376 1255
M: 0417 339 265
Thanks for the update Graham.