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Scooters are a fun and cheap way to get around Auckland City. With less parking hassles, lower fuel consumption and less impact on the environment, they’re a great choice for Aucklanders.

We are committed to reducing the number of deaths and serious injuries involving scooters on our roads. 

Before riding, think:

  1. Scooter sense.
  2. Scooter Sense - Watch our new safety videos.
  3. Safety gear – protection and visibility.
  4. Scooter survival training.
  5. Maintenance.
  6. Mechanical Scooter Checks.

Scooter sense - See it before it happens

Graphic of person on a scooter trying to sense potential dangers before they happen

Scooter Sense is about sensing danger in each situation, meaning that you are able to anticipate possible problems and act to avoid them. 

Training courses identify three key actions to avoid crashes:

  • Lane position: Stay out of blind spots and be visible in your lane to people ahead.
  • Speed: Ride at a speed so you can stop quickly if someone stops suddenly or turns in front of you.
  • Space to stop: Keep a safe following distance from the car in front. Always stay 2 seconds or more behind.

Scenario 1: Car turning in front of you from wrong lane or changing lanes (grey car)

See the car on your right.

Sense cars can suddenly turn in front of you.


  • Stay out of blind spots.
  • Don’t pass too fast to the left of other vehicles.

Scenario 2: Car pulling out from gas station or retail car parks (white car)

See the car on your left.

Sense cars can pull out without seeing you.


  • Be visible in your lane - be aware of your lane position.
  • Ride at a speed so you can stop quickly.

Scenario 3: Car braking suddenly in front of you or doing a U-turn (blue car)

See the car in front of you.

Sense cars can brake suddenly or do a U-turn in your path.


  • Keep a safe following distance – always have space to stop.
  • Stay out of blind spots – check your position in relation to other vehicles.

Scooter survival training courses

4 hour professional rider training for only $20.

The rider training will boost your skills and confidence, and help keep you safe. It's fun to do and makes every ride more enjoyable.

The rider training covers the crucial skills you need to stay safe when riding. It is purpose-designed for scooter riders, concentrating on urban riding and commuting including:

  • Positioning to see and be seen.
  • Safe and effective braking.
  • Dealing with traffic.
  • Cornering.

Find out more and register at

Safety gear

Keep covered. It really makes a difference.

Basic protective gear is a must for every ride. The keys are abrasion and impact resistance.

Every part of our bodies needs a layer to protect it. Even for a short ride, if we are knocked off a layer of clothing can make a difference.

Maintain your scooter 

Regular checks are essential for your scooter. The scooter must ride, corner and stop well. 

Even though in law, mopeds don't need a regular Warrant of Fitness, they must be roadworthy and have particular functioning equipment. 

A motorscooter is legally known as a moped if it is not over 50 cc and has a maxiumum speed of 50km/hr.

Riding tips

Know what's legal.

You can ride a scooter (moped) with a Learner's, Restricted or Full car or motorcycle licence. 

Parking your scooter

Mopeds may park in motorcycle parks or car parks. They may not park on the footpath.

Bus lanes

Mopeds are allowed where there are signs saying “Bus Lane” or “Transit Lane” (e.g. T2, T3.  They are not allowed where there is a “Bus Only” sign. 

Mopeds are obliged to keep to the left. A number of crashes occur when mopeds are going faster than other traffic.

Be extra careful at driveways and intersections where cars are waved  through a queue by another driver. 

'B' traffic lights

If the rider of a cycle, moped, or motorcycle is lawfully using a bus lane, while a white 'B' signal is displayed, they can:

  • travel straight ahead or turn right or turn left; or, 
  • turn right or turn left even though a traffic signal is displaying a red signal in the form of a disc.

Find out more on New Zealand Legislation website

Mechanical Scooter Checks

It is essential for scooter riders to be able to stop quickly and safely when another vehicle moves in an unexpected way. Safe fast stopping is dependent on both the rider and the machine.

If you have 5 or more motor scooter riders at your workplace, study location or club; we would like to talk to you about arranging a 4 hour rider training session, or just a scooter mechanical check event.

This opportunity is available until 31 May 2018.

To enquire, please fill in the form below: 

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Here are some useful resources for safer scooter journeys: