Is it illegal to not wear a helmet on a bike NZ?

A person must not ride, or be carried on, a bicycle on a road unless the person is wearing a safety helmet of an approved standard that is securely fastened.

Is it illegal to not wear a helmet when cycling?

There’s no law which compels cyclists of any age to wear a helmet. However, it’s obviously dangerous to cycle without one, and the Highway Code suggests all cyclists wear a safe and well-fitting helmet regardless of what the laws says.

Is it compulsory to wear helmet in NZ?

Bicycle helmets have been mandatory in New Zealand since January 1994. … In 2017 3,499 cyclists were stopped and fined by police for riding without a helmet, down from 10,932 in 2013.

Can you ride a bike on the footpath NZ?

A person must not ride a cycle on a footpath or on a lawn, garden, or other cultivation forming part of a road.

Is it illegal to bike drunk in NZ?

In the Official Information Act response about cyclists’ offending, Superintendent Steve Greally said it is not an offence to ride a bicycle intoxicated, but police “strongly recommend that people do not place themselves at risk by doing so”.

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Is it illegal to bike on the sidewalk NZ?

Under New Zealand law only people delivering mail or with cycle wheels less than 355mm in diameter can ride on a footpath. Not many bikes have wheels that small.

Can a cyclist undertake a car?

It isn’t illegal for cyclists to undertake vehicles but it comes with a critical warning: never, ever undertake a long vehicle such as bus or an articulated lorry unless it is completely stationary and will remain so until you are safely past. If in any doubt, don’t attempt to undertake.

Can you drink at 16 in NZ?

The age for purchasing alcohol in New Zealand is 18. This means anyone who is aged 18 years or over and shows approved ID can enter licensed premises and buy alcohol. In some circumstances, people under 18 may be allowed in licensed premises even though they are not allowed to buy alcohol.

Can you drink a beer while driving NZ?

The Transport Minister will not close a legal loophole that allows people to drive with open bottles of alcohol in their vehicles. Under existing guidelines people aged 20 or more can drink while driving providing they do not exceed the legal limit. However, drivers under 20 years must adhere to a zero alcohol limit.

Can you be breath tested on a bicycle?

A “motor vehicle” is a vehicle that is “propelled by a motor that forms part of the vehicle”. Accordingly, a bicycle does not fall under the provisions that allow for random breath testing. The same applies for random fluid testing for drugs.

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