On 12 September 2019, Minister Genter signed an amendment to the Land Transport Rule: Light vehicle Brakes 2002, mandating anti-lock braking systems (ABS) or a simpler variant, a combined braking system (CBS), for motorcycles entering the fleet.

The Rule will require:

  • all new-model new motorcycles entering the fleet for the first time with engine sizes over 125cc to be fitted with ABS from 1 April 2020
  • all new-model new motorcycles entering the fleet for the first time with engine sizes over 50cc and not exceeding 125cc to be fitted with ABS or CBS from 1 April 2020
  • all existing-model and used motorcycles entering the fleet for the first time with engine sizes over 125cc to be fitted with ABS from 1 November 2021
  • all existing-model and used motorcycles entering the fleet for the first time with engine sizes over 50cc and not exceeding 125cc to be fitted with ABS or CBS from 1 November 2021

The proposal also includes three-wheeled variants and equivalent power in kW for electric powered variants. Mopeds, which are defined as having an engine size of 50cc or less, are not affected by the proposal.

There will be a limited allowance for classic and collectable motorcycles. Motorcycles first registered prior to 1 January 1990 will not have to comply with the Rule. For motorcycles first registered after this date, a new, special interest motorcycle permit would allow for collectable motorcycles to continue to be imported, under the condition that there is no equivalent option with ABS available. Applicants would be able to apply to the NZ Transport Agency for a permit. The number of special interest permits would be limited to 100 per year.

The Rule does not require ABS or CBS to be retrofitted to existing motorcycles.

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