Bicycles are used on the road and — like cars — it's extremely important that they work properly and don't add to the dangers of the road.
All pedal bicycles in New Zealand must comply with standard AS/NZS 1927:1998.
See Bicycles for more information about the pedal bicycle product safety standard.
A trader can be prosecuted and fined for selling a:
- bike that doesn't meet the safety standard for bicycles and is proven to be unsafe
- helmet that doesn’t meet approved standards.
Children’s tricycles are considered toys and are not allowed for road use.
Before you buy a bicycle
- Buy a bike from a recognised bicycle dealer or bike shop that can do repairs and servicing, and can put things right if the bike is faulty.
- Buy a bike that is already assembled, or have it assembled by a skilled cycle mechanic.
Don’t: Buy a bike that your child has to “grow into”. This is unsafe.
Reporting an issue with bicycle safety
If a shop is selling a bicycle that doesn't meet the mandatory standard, you can report it to the Commerce Commission. They are the agency that enforces the Pedal Bicycle Safety Standard.