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Scooter safety

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

Before riding, think:

  1. Safety gear – protection and visibility.
  2. Training.
  3. Maintenance.

Scooter survival training courses

4 hour professional rider training for just $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.

Stand out, order a free high visibility vest for yourself from AT .

Order a free high visibility vest

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.

Licence to ride

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

Find out more

Here are some useful resources for safer scooter journeys: