Riders can fall from a bicycle and suffer broken bones, head injuries or death if aspects of the bicycle fail, such as the:
Serious injury or death can occur if the bicycle’s head stem cracks or fails, causing the rider to have no steering control. Pedestrians may suffer death or serious injury if a bicycle lacks a warning device that riders can use to signal their presence on bike paths or roads.
Lacerations and limb entrapment
Children can suffer lacerations and limb entrapment if the bicycle is not fitted with a chain guard.
This mandatory standard is based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1927:1998.
Australian and New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1927:1998 is a voluntary standard except for those sections specifically called up by the mandatory standard. You must consult the mandatory standard for these details.
in relation to goods - (including re-supply) by way of sale, exchange, lease, hire or hire-purchase and
in relation to services - provide, grant of confer.
This mandatory standard applies to anyone in the business of supplying bicycles, including:
To allow for staggered implementation, there are some cases where a mandatory standard or ban prescribes different compliance dates for the manufacturing, importing and supply of a product. Manufacturers, importers and distributors should check for this detail in the mandatory standard before embarking on production, importation or distribution of these goods.
Suppliers can face heavy fines and recalls of non-compliant products if they trade in bicycles that fail to meet requirements of the mandatory standard. For more details, view Penalties and consequences.
The requirements below are key requirements only. They may help to give suppliers a general idea of the detail they must look up in the mandatory standard. This information may also assist consumers when they are choosing bicycles.
While we provide some advice on this page to help you understand aspects of the standard you can visually check, suppliers must not rely on this information as a complete guide to compliance.