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Nekeneke moroiti: Te raihana me te waeture i ngā kaiwhakahaere e-scooter me ngā pahikara e

Micromobility: Licensing and regulating e-scooter and e-bike rental operators

Auckland Council and Auckland Transport licence rental micromobility operators to trade from public places under our respective bylaws.

What is micromobility

We define micromobility as small, lightweight transport devices hired and driven by people. The types of these devices continues to evolve. We currently licence both rental 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.

They are:

  • regulated by the 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.

Learn more about low-powered vehicles on the NZTA website.

E-scooter regulations

NZTA has decided any e-scooter can be ridden on the footpath, shared paths, and on the road.

A helmet is not legally required but is recommended.

E-bike regulations

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 and e-bike licensing and compliance

In Auckland, operators of rental e-scooters or e-bikes that are parked in public places are licensed through our Public Trading, Events and Filming Bylaw 2022 and Auckland Transport’s Activities in the Road Corridor Bylaw 2022 (PDF 1MB).

The conditions and expectations we have for this type of business are outlined in the Rental Micromobility Code of Practice.

We use the bylaws, the Code of Practice, the Trading and Events and Public Places Guidelines and the Micromobility Parking and Deployment Requirements to manage operator compliance.

Related documents

Rental e-scooter and e-bike licensing

Auckland Council and Auckland Transport have run a series of trials around the licensing of rental e-scooters in Auckland under our bylaw.

After two trials, we have improved the code of practice and continue to license rental e-scooter schemes under the bylaw.

E-scooter and e-bike operators

We have three companies licensed to operate both e-scooters and e-bikes in Auckland’s public places:

  • Beam
  • Lime
  • Ario.

More information

You can read more about the licensing process and the updated conditions for operators on OurAuckland.

​Fees for micromobility operators

Read fee table.
DescriptionFee
Multi-device (e-scooter and e-bike) application deposit

​$10,470

Monitoring deposit charged on approval of application$7852.50
Single device (e-scooter or e-bike) application deposit$7852.50

Apply for a licence to operate a rental e-scooter, e-bike or bike scheme

To apply for a licence to operate a rental scheme, email:

micromobility@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

To find out more about how we assess applications, read our assessment criteria.

Report accidents and incorrectly parked micromobility devices

If you are involved in an accident or near miss with a rental micromobility device, or you see an incorrectly parked device, report this to the relevant operator:

Beam

Call Beam on0800 507 676

teamsupportnz@ridebeam.com

 www.ridebeam.com

 

Lime

Call Lime on0800 467 001

support@li.me

 www.li.me

 

Ario

Call Ario on0800 88 2746

support@ario.ai

 www.ario.ai

 

You can also send us an email so we can follow up on your concerns:

micromobility@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

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