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E–Scooters (Declaration Not to be Motor Vehicles) Notice renewed

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This declaration exempts e-scooters with a maximum power output of 300 watts, and that meet other criteria as set out in the declaration from being classified as motor vehicles. Because they are not required to meet motor vehicle standards or be registered when used –  this means that riders are not required to have a driver’s licence and e-scooters do not have to have number plates on them.

By declaring them not to be classed as a motor vehicle, they can be used on footpaths. 

Riders must comply with the requirements of the Land Transport (Road User) Rule 2004, which states that people riding an e-scooter on the footpath must:

  • operate in a careful and considerate manner;
  • not operate the device at a speed that creates a hazard to other footpath users; and
  • give way to pedestrians and people using mobility devices.

The Rule also requires people riding e-scooters on the road must remain as near as possible to the edge of the road when riding.

By Christine Sanders
Senior Legal Editor

Christine is a Senior Legal Editor in the Legal Analytical team in New Zealand. She has two Bachelors degrees - Social Sciences and Law, two Masters degrees - Management Studies and Labour Relations and Social Work, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling. She has worked at Thomson Reuters for 12 years and before that she worked as a Probation Officer for 10 years.

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