Under NSW legislation, you can be penalised if you commit a traffic offence. There are specific road rules for bicycle riders that also carry fines.
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.
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.
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. For more information about penalties, see Demerits and offences.
If you do not settle a fine you have received within the time allowed, the State Debt Recovery Office will pursue the matter. For more information on the process see the Revenue NSW website.