Auckland Transport

Scooter safety

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.

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

See the car on your right. Sense they are going to turn/change lanes in front of you.

Action:

  • Stay out of blind spots - Check your lane position.
  • Don’t pass too fast on the left or in the left lane - ride at a speed so you can stop quickly.

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

See the car waiting to pull out from the gas station/retail car parks. Sense they will not see you.

Action:

  • Be visible in your lane - check your lane position.
  • So you can stop suddenly - Travel at a safe speed.

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

See the car in front of you. Sense they do not see you and can suddenly stop or do a U-turn in your path.

Action:

  • Keep a safe following distance – always have enough space to stop.
  • Stay out of blind spots - check your lane position.

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 scootersurvival.co.nz


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.


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


Find out more

Here are some useful resources for safer scooter journeys: