Mopeds or motor scooters are becoming more popular in Auckland. They have great advantages over cars: cheaper to buy and run and you can ride in special vehicle lanes (T2, T3, Bus lanes). When buying a motor scooter don’t forget to factor in purchasing high-quality safety gear including a new helmet.
There were 80 serious crashes involving mopeds in Auckland in the 5 years 2014-2018. Many of these (49%) happened when a vehicle was turning. In 78% of these crashes another vehicle was involved. Auckland Transport is committed to making our roads safer for everyone.
Scooter Sense is about sensing danger in each situation, so you can anticipate possible problems and act to avoid them.
Watch this video to learn how to respond safely when cars turn in front of you.
Three key actions to keep yourself safe:
- 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.
ACC run a Scooter Survival coaching, which is just $20 for four hours on-road coaching. It’s a great idea to learn these safe riding skills, especially if you are riding a moped with a car licence.
This on-road rider coaching will boost your skills and confidence, and help keep you safe. It's fun to do and makes every ride more enjoyable.
The coaching 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.
Find out more and register at scootersurvival.co.nz
Every part of your body needs a layer to protect it. Even for a short ride, if you come off your motor scooter a layer of clothing can make all the difference.
Regular checks are essential for your scooter. It must ride, corner and stop well.
Legally mopeds don't require a regular Warrant of Fitness, however, they must be roadworthy and function correctly.
A motor scooter is legally known as a moped if it is not over 50cc and has a maxiumum speed of 50km/h.
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.
To enquire, please fill in the form below:
Know what's legal.
You can ride a scooter (moped) with a Learner's, Restricted or Full car or motorcycle licence.
Three more scooter sense videos
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.
Find out more
Here are some useful resources for safer scooter journeys:
- ACC video on safety gear
- The official New Zealand road code for motorcyclists