Mobility Scooter Laws:


Coppied directly from the N.Z.T.A web site to avoid any errors in translation


Mobility vehicles

Updated: 9 February 2015

Mobility devices such as mobility scooters and power chairs provide independence to a growing number of New Zealanders. Because these vehicles offer little protection to their riders, you need to take steps to ensure your safety when using them.


What are mobility devices?

Under traffic law, mobility devices are vehicles:

(Note: Under existing law, Segways and 2 wheel balance scooters are not 'mobility devices'.)

Using your mobility device

You don't need a driver licence to operate a mobility device, nor are they required to have a warrant of fitness or registration. But there are requirements for where and how you can use them:

See section 11 of the Road User Rule (PDF, 680 KB, 34 pages) for more detail on how and where you can use these devices.

Keeping yourself safe

Mobility vehicles are light and offer you no protection should you have a collision. This makes you vulnerable if you go onto the road. Where possible we recommend you stay off the road, but if you must use the road:

See more suggestions on how to stay safe in Keeping mobile - how to use your mobility scooter or power chair safely.


And again direct from another NZTA page:

Mobility scooters and power chairs

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Most mobility scooters and power chairs are battery powered and have three or four wheels.

Laws that apply to mobility scooters and power chairs

Mobility scooters and power chairs are legally defined as 'wheeled mobility devices'.

You don't need a driver licence to operate a wheeled mobility device, and they are not required to have a warrant of fitness or registration. There are, however, some important legal safety requirements you need to know about:

Penalties for breaking the law

It's important to be aware that careless use of a mobility scooter or power chair carries legal implications.

For example, operating a wheeled mobility device carelessly, inconsiderately or at a hazardous speed can result in a fine of up to $1000.

If you cause a crash where someone is injured or killed, you could be convicted of careless or inconsiderate use of a vehicle, and face a fine of up to $4,500, or up to three months imprisonment.

Safety hints for mobility scooters and power chairs

Your mobility scooter or power chair should be serviced by a qualified service technician regularly. Some manufacturers recommend that mobility scooters and power chairs are given a safety check similar to a warrant of fitness every six months. This includes getting the brakes, electronics and controls serviced, and the tyre pressure and battery checked.

Remember to always do the following:

There are a number of safety accessories available, such as indicators, lights, horns, reversing beepers, warning flags and rear view mirrors.


And again direct copied from the legislation page:


Reprint as at 1 November 2014

Land Transport (Road User) Rule 2004

(SR 2004/427)

11.1A Use of shared path


5 Wheeled recreational devices and mobility devices

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