Rules & Regulations

The Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) advises that police can fine a driver and issue demerit points if an animal is causing the driver to be not in full control of the vehicle, or if they are driving with a dog on their lap. The penalties are three demerit points and $425 (more in a school zone).

– A driver must not drive with an animal in the driver’s lap.
– A motor cycle rider must not ride with an animal between the handlebars and the rider.
– Animals should be seated or housed in an appropriate area of the vehicle.
– Dogs on utes should be restrained either via a tether or cage, so that the dog cannot fall off or be injured when the vehicle moves.
– A driver, motorcycle rider, bicycle rider or passenger must not lead an animal, while the vehicle is moving.

To find out what rules/points/fines apply in your state or territory, contact your state or territory transport department:

  • Australian Capital Territory – Transport for Canberra
  • New South Wales – Roads and Maritime Services
  • Northern Territory – Department of Transport
  • Queensland – Department of Transport and Main Roads
  • South Australia – My Licence SA
  • Tasmania – Department of State Growth, Transport
  • Victoria – VicRoads
  • Western Australia – Department of Transport 

Read more:  What is the RSPCA Policy around Pet Restraint and Carriers for Transport?