Penalties for bicycle offences

Information for bicycle riders, to help you understand – and avoid – traffic offences and penalties when you’re riding on NSW roads.

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Traffic offences

You can be penalised if you commit a traffic offence. Bicycle riders have the same rights and responsibilities as other NSW road users. Also there are specific road rules for bicycle riders.


The information on this page is a plain English guide only and is subject to change at any time without notice. For detailed information on specific offences and penalties, refer to relevant legislation.

How penalties are issued

Penalties for bicycle offences are usually issued by a Police Officer and are issued on the spot. A police officer may ask you your name, address and other personal details to verify your identity.

Some penalties

Negligent riding

The law provides for penalties for riding a bicycle in a negligent or dangerous manner. Riding a bicycle negligently means riding to endanger the life of yourself or others.

Drink riding

Riding under the influence of alcohol is a serious offence. You can be fined or imprisoned by a court if you are found to be drink riding.

Not wearing a helmet

You are required by law to wear an approved helmet securely fitted and fastened on your head when riding a bicycle.

Fine defaults

If you do not settle a fine you have received within the time allowed, Revenue NSW will pursue the matter. For more information on the process see the Revenue NSW website.

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