What are e-scooters and e-bikes?
E-scooters and e-bikes are defined by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) as wheeled recreational devices or power-assisted cycles of less than 300 watts in power.
- regulated by central government
- not classified as a motor vehicle
- not required to be licensed or registered.
The speed limit for e-scooters and e-bikes is the same as the road speed limit in a given area.
See the NZTA website for more information about low-powered vehicles that do not require registration or a driver licence.
NZTA has decided any e-scooter can be ridden on the footpath, shared paths, separated cycle paths and on the road.
A helmet is not legally required but is recommended.
Like regular bikes, e-bikes should not be ridden on the footpath, but they can be ridden on shared paths, separated cycle paths and on the road.
A helmet is legally required.
Rental e-scooter, e-bike and bike operators
In Auckland, operators of rental e-scooters, e-bikes or bikes that are parked in public places are also licensed and regulated through the Trading and Events in Public Places bylaw 2015.
The conditions and expectations we have set for this type of business are outlined in the Rental E-scooter Code of Practice and Rental Bike Code of Practice, which are linked to the operator's licence.