Motorcycle safety – new licensing option

A new driver licensing option aimed at improving the safety of motorcyclists will be launched on 1 March 2014.

The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) is introducing an optional competency-based training and assessment (CBTA) licensing regime for motorcyclists from March. Transport Agency Road Safety Director Ernst Zollner said CBTA would provide a new training and assessment option for people getting their motorcycle licence where, instead of taking a practical test at each stage of their licence, they can choose to have their riding skills assessed by an approved CBTA assessor.

‘The more training and practical riding experience a motorcyclist gets, the more prepared they’re likely to be for potentially unsafe or challenging riding scenarios, which is where CBTA has the potential to improve safety for riders.’

Motorcyclists will be able to choose between the existing driver licensing testing regime and the new competency-based training and assessment courses, or a combination of the two, to gain their restricted and/or full motorcycle licence.

CBTA is an initiative of the government’s Safer Journeys strategy, which identifies motorcycling safety as a priority area for improvement.

Motorcycle helmets compulsory

New Zealand’s law requires every rider and pillion passenger to wear an approved safety helmet securely fastened on the head. A good helmet can prevent serious injury.

An approved safety helmet will have a sticker on it showing that it meets one or more of the approved international standards:

  • UN/ECE Regulation No. 22: Protective helmets and their visors for drivers and passengers of motorcycles and mopeds (Europe)
  • Australian Standard AS 1698: Protective helmets for vehicle users
  • New Zealand Standard NZS 5430: Protective helmets for vehicle users
  • Snell Memorial Foundation: Helmet Standard for use in motorcycling
  • Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 218: Motorcycle helmets
  • British Standard BS 6658: Specification for protective helmets for vehicle users (for type A helmets only)
  • Japan Industrial Standard T8133.

Read more about CBTA or the Safer Journeys actions for motorcycle safety.

Read about wearing the right gear.

Buy NZS 5430:1992

Published in transport.