Tasmanian Deputy Premier Michael Ferguson said proposed laws would stop unlicensed riders, who often choose the bikes for “idiotic hooning”.
“They’re becoming a menace in our streets and footpaths, communities and bush tracks,” he told reporters on Thursday.
“They do pose a safety risk and pose an anti-social nuisance to peaceful communities.”
The legislation is due to be debated in parliament in August and Mr Ferguson says he expects full support across the chamber.
Under the proposed laws, petrol-powered bicycles will be treated as motorcycles, requiring them to be registered.
Very few, if any, will be able to meet registration standards, the government says.
They are different to electric bikes, which are limited to a maximum power output of 200 watts.
Police Minister Felix Ellis said petrol bicycles were being used to commit crimes.
“The noise is distressing for many people, particularly shift workers and others,” he said.
The proposed changes would see Tasmanian laws brought in line with legislation in other parts of the country, including NSW, South Australia and Queensland.
Extracted in full from: https://www.examiner.com.au/story/8260881/laws-to-stop-idiotic-hooning-on-menacing-petrol-bikes/