Auckland Council and Auckland Transport licence rental e-scooter operators to trade from public places under our respective Trading and Events in Public Places bylaws.
What are e-scooters?
E-scooters are defined by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) as wheeled recreational devices of less than 300 watts in power.
- They are not classified as a motor vehicle.
- They don't need to be licensed or registered.
See the NZTA website for more information about low-powered vehicles that do not require registration or a driver licence.
E-scooters are regulated by central government.
NZTA has decided any e-scooter can be ridden on the footpath, shared paths, separated cycle paths and on the road.
The speed limit for e-scooters is the same as the road speed limit in a given area.
A helmet is not legally required but is recommended.
In Auckland, operators of rental e-scooters 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, which is linked to the rental e-scooter operator's licence.