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Respect your Ride

While the following should in no way be considered legal advise1, this is our low-down on the safe, responsible and legal use of electrically powered rides.

Safe, Responsible and Legal

TL;DR Gear Junkie supports and encourages safe, responsible and legal use of electrically powered rides.

For products purchased from Gear Junkie, here’s our bottom line on electric motion in New Zealand.

Electric Scooters

If your ride has a nominal2 power output of no more than 300W (and a tire size less than 14 inches), we believe you can use it on public footpaths or roads (as close to the road edge as possible) – except in cycle lanes… don’t ride in cycle lanes, ever!

More than 300W – you’re probably getting into moped classification, and the regulations for mopeds may well apply. Best you keep it off-road and on private property.

Electric Motorbikes

If your ride has a maximum speed of no more than 50km/h it is classed as moped (LA). Otherwise, it’s a motorbike.

Planning to use your ride on the road – best you and your machine be appropriately licenced, and that you follow the applicable road rules. Otherwise have fun off-road or on private property while playing it safe.

General Guidelines

  1. DO use protective AND visibility gear.
  2. DON’T ride while intoxicated.
  3. DO be careful, courteous and considerate to others.
  4. DON’T ride in any manner that is reckless and endangers the safety of yourself or others.
  5. DO maintain and service your ride.

Just like common sense, and basically being respectful. Let’s all up our game, and demonstrate that we care about our well-being and the well-being of our community.

Respect Your Ride


New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) is the regulatory authority and should be referred to for up-to-date information on legal requirements, implications and safety recommendations:

  1. But don’t take our word for it – check out the links under Resources, research it yourself, and verify with an appropriately qualified person or organisation. ↩︎
  2. As calculated by multiplying the battery’s voltage by the controller’s maximum amperage output and the motor’s peak efficiency. ↩︎