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This page contains answers to the most common questions young people ask us about road rules. It is not a full list of road rules!
Yes. All car drivers and passengers in the Northern Territory must wear seat belts.
If you are driving and don’t wear a seat belt, you could be fined $500 and lose up to 3 demerit points.
If you are driving someone under 18 and they are not wearing a seat belt, you could be fined $500 and lose up to 3 demerit points. If you are over 16 and don’t wear a seat belt when riding in a car, you can also be fined $500.
Do I have to wear a helmet on a bicycle?
Yes. All cyclists and passengers under 17 in the Northern Territory must wear approved bicycle helmets. If you’re over 17, you have to wear a helmet unless you’re not riding on the road. You are allowed to ride your bicycle on a footpath, unless “No Bicycles” signs are displayed.
If you are caught riding a bicycle without a helmet you could be fined $25. You can also be fined $25 if your helmet is not properly fastened or your passenger is not wearing a helmet.
Do I have to wear a helmet?
Yes. In the Northern Territory both riders and passengers on motorbikes and scooters have to wear approved motorbike helmets. The only exception is if you are under 18 and you have a written exemption from the Registrar of Motor Vehicles to ride in a side-car without wearing a helmet.
Do I have to wear a helmet?
No, you don’t have to wear a helmet but it’s still a good idea.
There are also some other laws about riding skateboards, rollerblades and roller skates:
If you are on your L or P licence it is illegal to use your mobile at all while you are driving, even if it is hands-free. You could be fined $250 and lose up to 3 demerit points.
If you are on your full licence you can use your mobile phone only if the phone is being used to make or receive a phone call and it is secured to a mounting fixture in the vehicle. If you use it in any other way, you could be fined $250 and lose up to 3 demerit points.
When you’re driving a car or motorbike, your number plates must always be visible. If they’re not, you could be fined up to $40.
Speeding is always against the law. If you’re caught speeding, you could lose your licence on the spot, depending on how fast you were going.
If you’re on your P or L licence, there are special speeding laws that apply to you. Please check out our Licences page for more information.
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