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Scooter Safety




Scooter riding requires special efforts on your part to ensure your safety. Be familiar with the rules of the road in the New Zealand Drivers Manual. Know the requirements before you ride.

For scooter safety information, click here for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's

"You and Your Scooter Riding Tips" (70 page PDF, 1.84mb)




What is a Scooter?

A scooter is a vehicle that is propelled by a motor. Other than a motorcycle, the motor on a scooter is located under the seat and more to the rear, as is the petrol tank. The frame is typically a step-through frame. Think of a Vespa!


50cc Scooters

Scooters with a capacity of 50cc or less
and a maximum design speed of 50 km/h are classed as mopeds.
They must be registered and do not need a warrant of fitness, but must be up to warrant standards.
You need a valid NZ drivers license, a learner's car license is sufficient.


Bigger Scooters

Scooters over 50cc
and a design speed over 50 km/h are classed as motorcycles.
They must be registered and need a warrant of fitness.
You need a valid NZ motorbike license.


For more details please refer to Land Transport NZ.



Safe Riding Rules

Always make a pre-ride inspection before you ride the Scooter. You may prevent a crash or equipment damage.:Check at least tyre pressure, tyre profile, brakes, lights and indicators, oil, steering.


Always wear a helmet. Make sure the helmet fits properly (not too tight, not too loose) and is fastened properly. Helmets with visors protect your eyes, or wear goggles.


Wear leather gloves to protect your hands in case of a unwanted contact with the road surface, and too keep your hands warm.


Many accidents involve inexperienced riders. Make sure you are qualified before you ride. NEVER lend your Scooter to an inexperienced rider.


Many automobile/Scooter accidents happen because the automobile driver does not "see" the rider. Make yourself conspicuous to help avoid a crash:


Obey all laws and regulations.


Wear bright or reflective clothing. Don't ride in another motorists's "blind spot."


All Scooters must be legally registered to operate on a public road. It is a good idea to have at least a third-party insurance. .


Excessive speed is a factor in many accidents. Obey the speed limits and never travel faster than your skill level or than the conditions allow.


Signal well and check the traffic behind and around you, before you make a turn or lane change. Your size and maneuverability can surprise other motorists.


Consider using hand signals in addition to your electric turn signals.


Don't let other motorists surprise you. Use extra caution at intersections, parking lot entrances and exits, and driveways.

Keep both hands on the handlebars and both feet on the floor boards while riding.


Never leave your Scooter unattended with the engine running.


Reduce your speed when riding over bumpy roads. Avoid hitting road hazards, such as sharp bumps and holes in the road surface. These hazards can cause loss of control or damage to your Scooter.


Scooters are not allowed on bicycle lanes,. Be careful when riding on bus lanes. Ride on a paved shoulder, if available. If not, ride in the leftt portion of lane.


Be especially conscious of traffic from behind. Because of the likely speed difference between the other traffic and your Scooter, use caution and check your mirrors frequently: every 5-7 seconds. Remember, mirrors allow only a partial view to your rear. There are blind spots. Be aware of where they are, and check them frequently.


For more details please refer to the New Zealand Road Code.



Protective Apparel

The exhaust system becomes very hot during operation and it remains hot after operation. Never touch any part of the hot exhaust system. Wear clothing that fully covers your legs. Ideally, wear full protective gear: helmet, jacket, boots, gloves, and long pants.


Do not wear loose clothing which could catch on the control levers, footrests, or wheels.


Wear proper footwear - no jandals.




Modification of the Scooter or removal of original equipment may render the vehicle unsafe or illegal. Refer to Land Transport NZ.



Loading and Accessories

A Scooter is sensitive to changes in weight distribution. Improper loading of cargo or mounting of accessories can impair the Scooter's stability and performance. To prevent a crash, use extreme care when mounting accessories and riding with cargo.



Other Safety Tips

Gasoline is extremely flammable and is explosive under certain conditions. Refuel in a well-ventilated area with the engine off. Do not smoke or allow flames or sparks in the area where the Scooter is refueled or where gasoline is stored.

Do not overfill the tank. After refueling, make sure the fuel cap is closed securely.


Do not turn the key to the LOCK position while riding the Scooter.


The rear wheel will spin if not restrained by the brake or contact with the ground. Accidental contact with a spinning rear wheel could cause severe personal injury.


Never run the engine in a closed area. The exhaust contains poisonous carbon monoxide gas.


Park your Scooter on a motorcycle park if available, or where you can park a car legally, not on the footpath or on a dotted yellow line.




Both front and rear brakes should be applied together. Independent use of only the front or rear brake reduces stopping performance.


Excessive brake application may cause either wheel to lock, reducing control of the Scooter.


When riding in wet or rainy conditions or on loose surfaces, the ability to maneuver and stop will be reduced. For your safety, use extreme caution when braking, accelerating or turning.


Avoid road markings in wet wheather, they can be extremely slippery.


Park the Scooter on firm, level ground to prevent overturning.


Braking performance may be impaired immediately after washing the Scooter. When the brakes get wet, they may need to be used a couple of times before they work properly again.

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