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No. 24 of 2011 Standards/Product Safety as made
This Notice revokes an earlier permanent ban on miniature motorbikes (monkey bikes) with unsafe design features and imposes an amended permanent ban on miniature motorbikes with unsafe design features, the effect of which is to refine the scope of the ban to only those miniature motorbikes powered by internal combustion engine.
Administered by: Treasury
Exempt from sunsetting by the Legislation Act 2003 s 54(1)
Made 16 Aug 2011
Registered 19 Aug 2011
Tabled HR 23 Aug 2011
Tabled Senate 23 Aug 2011

 

COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

 

COMPETITION AND CONSUMER ACT 2010

 

Consumer Protection Notice No. 24 of 2011

 

REVOCATION OF EXISTING PERMANENT BAN ON MINIATURE MOTORBIKES (MONKEY BIKES) WITH UNSAFE DESIGN FEATURES AND IMPOSITION OF NEW PERMANENT BAN ON MINIATURE MOTORBIKES (MONKEY BIKES) WITH UNSAFE DESIGN FEATURES

 

I, DAVID BRADBURY, Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer:

(a)          pursuant to subsection 117(a) of Schedule 2 to the Competition and Consumer Act 2010, REVOKE the permanent ban on miniature motorbikes (monkey bikes) with unsafe design features imposed under subsection 114(1)(a) of Schedule 2 to the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 by Consumer Protection Notice No.14 of 2011; and

(b)          pursuant to subsection 114(1)(b)(i) of Schedule 2 to the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 IMPOSE a permanent ban on the goods specified below.

 

Particulars of Goods

Goods that are miniature motorbikes, powered by internal combustion engine, known as Mini Bikes, Pocket Bikes or Monkey Bikes, not certified under the ‘Road Vehicle Certification System’ operated by the Australian Government Department or agency having responsibility for the certification of road vehicles, unless they comply with the following requirements:

 

1.         Throttle

           (a)  The motorbike must have a self closing, hand operated throttle that returns in a clockwise direction to allow the motorbike’s motor to idle when a person riding the motorbike releases his or her grip on the throttle; and

           (b) The throttle must be mounted on the right handlebar of the motorbike.

 

2.         Braking system

           (a)  A motorbike must have a braking system capable of acting on the front and rear wheels;

           (b)  Unless the motorbike is fitted with a drum type braking system, the braking system must incorporate a floating or sliding type brake calliper that compensates for any increased movement of its components arising from wear; and

           (c)   The braking system must automatically distribute the braking effort applied by a person riding the motorbike to the braking system’s control lever equally onto each brake lining without the need for an adjuster at the brake calliper.

3.         Foot pegs

           (a)  A motorbike must have 2 foot pegs, each capable of holding a static load of:

                 i.     the maximum carrying capacity recommended by the motorbike’s manufacturer; or

                ii.     if the manufacturer does not state a maximum carrying capacity—70kg.

 

4.         Steering

           (a)  The steering head system for a motorbike must not exhibit free play; and

           (b)  When the front wheel of the motorbike is raised off the ground, the steering head system must move freely under its own weight from right lock to left lock.

 

5.         Supplemental engine stop

           (a)  A motorbike must have a functioning, thumb operated, device on the right or left handlebar that is capable of stopping the motor; and

           (b)  The device must be clearly visible to a person riding the motorbike.

 

 

Note: Goods subject to this Notice and which fail to comply may be subject to compulsory recall.

 

 

 

Dated this 16th day of August 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

DAVID BRADBURY

Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer