Skateboards, rollerblades and push scooters

There's often confusion around the road rules for skateboards, rollerblades and push scooters, which are legally regarded as "vehicles". This confusion is partly because the law doesn't say where they can be used.

However, as skateboards, rollerblades and push scooters are not classed as motor vehicles or cycles, they may be used on a footpath - unless forbidden by council bylaws, which is often the case in areas of high pedestrian use such as shopping areas.

Did you know?

Skateboards, rollerblades and push scooters are legally regarded as "vehicles", and are allowed to be used on the road if the rider is over 14 years old.

If you're under 14 using a skateboard, rollerblades or push scooter you're regarded as a pedestrian and your use is restricted to the footpath. If you're over 14, you can use these vehicles on the road. However, the New Zealand Transport Agency (the government agency responsible for promoting land transport safety) strongly advises people against this.

Riders must obey all normal road rules. Because these devices are legally regarded as vehicles, careless use could see a rider fined up to $3000.

AA speaking up for motorists

Confine these devices to the footpath

Skateboards, rollerblades and push scooters are a safety risk on public roads. They are too erratic to safely share the road with other vehicles. The AA would like to see the law which defines these devices as "vehicles" amended.

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