Safe, Responsible and Legal
Gear Junkie supports safe, responsible and legal use of electrically powered rides.
For products purchased from Gear Junkie, here’s the bottom line on electric motion in New Zealand.
If your ride has a nominal* power output of no more than 300W (and a tire size less than 14 inches) you can use it on public footpaths or roads (as close to the road edge as possible) – except in cycle lanes.
More than 300W – best you keep it off-road or on private property.
* As calculated by multiplying the battery’s voltage by the controller’s maximum amperage output and the motor’s peak efficiency.
If your ride has a maximum speed of no more than 50km/h it is classed as moped (LA).
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.
- DO use protective AND visibility gear.
- DON’T ride while intoxicated.
- DO be careful, courteous and considerate to others.
- DON’T ride in any manner that is reckless and endangers the safety of yourself or others.
- DO maintain and service 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:
- Motorcycles and mopeds
- Information for moped riders
- Low-powered vehicles
- Using low-powered vehicles – including e-scooters
Respect Your Ride