The ACCC has launched a review of the mandatory bicycle standard.
"Bicycles in Australia are currently regulated by a mandatory safety standard that sets out requirements for braking, steering function, reflectors, bells, identification markers and user guidance.
The purpose of this review is to assess whether the mandatory safety standard remains effective and whether there are more efficient ways of achieving the same level of safety. This review of the standard considers the adoption of international standards. The ACCC has assessed the European, ISO and CPSC standards for bicycles against its published criteria for acceptance."
The review of the standard also includes e-bikes and kits, and the BIA recommends all bicycle importers participate in the review to ensure any incorrect information is addressed;
'Engine kits that the consumer can fit on a bicycle are available for purchase in Australia. The NSW Road Traffic Authority expressed concern about these kits and asked us to include them in this review. Kits can be either electric or petrol powered, have power output exceeding 200 W, and allow bicycles to reach speeds more than 60 km/h. When engine kits with power output exceeding 200 W are fitted on bicycles, the bicycle is classified as a motor vehicle and unless registered (and therefore compliant with Australian Design Rules) are illegal to use on Australian roads.'
BIA members can find a copy of the consultation paper here
The ACCC survey can be accessed here
(Members password is required to access the information through the BIA website)
Consultation closes 9 December 2016
The BIA will be submitting a response, if you would like to to provide information for the BIA response, please forward it by the 20th of November.