Motorcyclists and moped riders

Road safety tips for motorcycles and mopeds.

Motorcyclists and moped riders are over-represented in Wellington’s crash statistics and poor observation is the cause of nearly half of all crashes.


We’re using street art around the CBD in a new safety campaign to help promote safe riding to people on mopeds and encourage them to be aware of their surroundings.

The campaign - developed with the help of NZ Police, moped riders, retailers and rider instructors - focuses on riding situations where there’s an increased risk of crashes.

It encourages people to look out for hazards on the road such as slippery surfaces, make sure that other road users can see them, and ride in a predictable manner. The campaign is jointly funded by the Council and the NZ Transport Agency.

The most recent figures from the New Zealand Transport Agency show that in 2019 there were 41 crashes involving moped riders in Wellington city. Seventy one percent of those involved in crashes were under the age of 30.

Using bus lanes and 'B' traffic lights safely

Motorcycles and mopeds are allowed where there are signs saying ‘Bus Lane’ but NOT where there is a ‘Bus only’ sign.

If you are lawfully using a bus lane, while a white 'B' signal is displayed, you can travel straight ahead or turn right or turn left; even if there is a red traffic signal.

Read more about bus lanes.

Find out more on the New Zealand Legislation website.

At intersections

Nearly half of all crashes involving motorcyclists or moped riders occur at an intersection; often this is because a driver does not see a motorcyclist. 

When approaching intersections:

  • make sure you are clearly visible to all turning traffic at all times
  • adjust your approach position, depending on whether traffic is waiting to turn from the left or the right
  • scan ahead for traffic and be aware that you and your motorcycle might be in the blind spot generated by the vehicle in front.

Rider skills training

ACC offers 8 hours of Ride Forever motorcycle training or 4 hours of Scooter Survival training for only $20.

The courses cover the key riding skills of cornering, positioning, speed management, dealing with traffic, stability, safe and effective braking and much more.

More information:

Maintaining your ride

Your bike needs to ride, corner and stop well and easy thing you can do is to check your tyre tread and pressure regularly.

Even though legally mopeds don't need a regular Warrant of Fitness, they must be roadworthy. A motor scooter is legally known as a moped if it is not over 50cc and has a maximum speed of 50km/hr.

Check if your scooter meets these specifications on the NZ Transport Agency website.

Safety gear

Protective gear is a must for every rider. Consider light and reflective colours to increase your visibility. The essential items are helmets (closed face helmets offer greater protection), boots and gloves, a jacket or leathers.

Find more information on the Ride Forever website.


Motorcycles and mopeds may park in motorcycle parks or car parks. They cannot park on the footpath.

Motorcycle and scooter parking

Did you know?

If your motorcycle is manufactured on or after 1 January 1980 you must use your headlight on dip (low beam) or daytime running lamps during daylight hours.