Notice Type
Authorities/Other Agencies of State
Notice Title

Power-assisted Cycles (Declaration Not to be Motor Vehicles) Notice 2011

Pursuant to section 168A(2) of the Land Transport Act 1998, and pursuant to an authority delegated to me by
the Chief Executive of the NZ Transport Agency, I, Donald Norman Hutchinson, Chief Engineer Vehicles, NZ Transport Agency, declare power-assisted cycles (as defined below) fitted with auxiliary propulsion motor(s) that have a combined maximum power output not exceeding 300 W not to be motor vehicles.
The notice entitled "Power-assisted Pedal Cycles (Declaration Not to be Motor Vehicles) Notice 2006", published in the New Zealand Gazette, 2 February 2006, No. 10, page 198, is revoked.
Dated at Wellington this 5th day of May 2011.
DONALD NORMAN HUTCHINSON, Chief Engineer Vehicles.
Cycle means:
(a) a vehicle that has at least two wheels and that is designed primarily to be propelled by the muscular energy of the rider; and
(b) includes a power-assisted cycle.
Power-assisted cycle means a cycle to which is attached one or more auxiliary propulsion motors that have a combined maximum power output not exceeding 300 W.
Explanatory Note
This note does not form part of the notice but is intended to indicate its general effect.
(a) The definitions of cycle and power-assisted cycle are copied from the Land Transport (Road User) Rule 2004 in order to ensure consistency between the Rule and this notice.
(b) For the avoidance of doubt, readers are advised that
the District Court has held that low powered electric scooters are NOT power-assisted cycles, but are motor vehicles (of a type known as mopeds).