Riding Rules, New Zealand

Last updated 7 February 2020

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Neuron sets localised Riding Rules to protect the safety of our Users and the general public.  It is important to familiarise yourself with these Rules every time you ride. Failure to comply with these Riding Rules can result in a suspension or termination of your account. 

1. RESPONSIBLE RIDING

1.1 To ride our scooters in New Zealand you must:

1.1.1 be at least 18 years of age;

1.1.2 be in good health;

1.1.3 not be under the influence of alcohol, controlled substances, drugs, medication, or any other substance that may impair your ability to operate the scooter safely and in a manner that is considerate to pedestrians, cyclists and all other road and pavement users;

1.1.4 not have any existing physical, mental, medical or other condition that may impair your ability to safely operate the scooters;

1.1.5 keep under the scooter’s weight limit of 140kg (total weight, i.e. rider and cargo);

1.1.6 wear an approved bicycle helmet that is securely fitted at all times (unless an exemption has been granted by an appropriate authority for medical or religious reasons);

1.1.7 wear other safety equipment as appropriate, including but not limited to covered footwear;

1.1.8 be the only rider (never allow someone else to ride your scooter);

1.1.9 not carry passengers, including but not limited to other adults, children, infants (in baby carriers or otherwise), animals including pets and service animals etc.;

1.1.10 not be carrying items weighing more than 10kg in total;

1.1.11 not be carrying items that may impede your ability to safely operate the scooter, including but not limited to bulky, oversized or imbalanced items;

1.1.12 not use any phone, tablet, laptop, smartwatch, music player, or mobile electronic device while riding;

1.1.13 not use any device that may distract the user from safely operating the scooter;

1.1.14 not use headphones, earphones, earbuds, a headset, or other listening device while riding, or otherwise impede your ability to observe and pay attention to your surroundings;

1.1.15 not ride in adverse weather conditions, including but not limited to heavy rain, lightning storms, monsoons, windy conditions, typhoons, hurricanes, cyclones, tropical storms, flooding, storm surges, haze, fog, smog, dust storms, reduced visibility conditions, hail, heavy snow, and icy conditions;

1.1.16 not use the scooter for racing, tricks, stunts, or in any other manner other than for personal transport; and

1.1.17 abide by all applicable traffic rules, and any other relevant laws and regulations (federal, state, local or otherwise).

2. STARTING AND ENDING A TRIP

2.1 Before starting a trip:

2.1.1 inspect the scooter for defects;

2.1.2 test the brakes, both mechanical and electric;

2.1.3 test the lights;

2.1.4 test the horn;

2.1.5 test the throttle;

2.1.6 wear a helmet (whether provided by Neuron or otherwise) and other personal protective equipment as necessary and as mandated in your jurisdiction; and

2.1.7 ensure that you can adopt a comfortable riding position on the scooter.

Do not use the scooter if it does not pass the above tests, or is otherwise unsuitable for operation.

2.2 When ending a trip:

2.2.1 park the scooter in a safe and responsible way, having regard for other path users;

2.2.2 do not park outside the service area or in any designated no-parking zone as indicated in the Neuron app;

2.2.3 deploy the kickstand;

2.2.4 return the scooter in the same condition as when you started the trip, normal wear and tear permitting;

2.2.5 If you used a helmet provided by Neuron for the trip:

a) for a scooter and helmet fitted with a helmet lock, return the helmet to the locking mechanism fitted to the scooter and make sure it is locked securely (if this is not done you may be charged a convenience fee when you end your trip); or

b) for a scooter and helmet not fitted with a helmet lock, clip the helmet to the scooter’s handlebars using the helmet strap;

2.2.6 do not park the scooter in restricted public areas;

2.2.7 do not park the scooter on roads or in areas that could block public footpaths or hinder access to tactile ground surface indicators;

2.2.8 do not park the scooter where it may cause an obstruction, including in common corridors, doorways, entrances, emergency exits, stairwells, etc.;

2.2.9 do not park the scooter within restricted access private areas which will prevent other users from accessing the scooter (e.g. within a condominium compound, within a commercial property, within a school compound, inside a residential property); and

2.2.10 do not park the scooter where doing so would be in breach of applicable traffic rules, and any other relevant laws and regulations (federal, state, local or otherwise).

Neuron may regard the scooter as lost or stolen if you fail to abide by the above rules.

3. DURING A TRIP

3.1 While riding in New Zealand:

3.1.1 always obey applicable laws and road rules;

3.1.2 scooters can be used on pathways or the road, except in designated cycle lanes that are part of the road (which were designed for the sole use of cyclists);

3.1.3 if riding on the road, operate the scooter as near as practicable to the edge of the roadway;

3.1.4 do not ride in a dangerous or reckless manner, stay vigilant and keep a look out for hazards;

3.1.5 ride in a safe and respectful manner and be considerate and watch out for others, especially pedestrians, and operate the scooter at a speed that does not put yourself or other pathway users at risk;

3.1.6 comply with all applicable curfews and any other riding restrictions imposed by local authorities, regional authorities, central government or by Neuron;

3.1.7 do not cause nuisance, distraction, or inconvenience to other road users, always stick to paved surfaces (i.e. do not go on grass, broken ground or other soft or uneven surfaces);

3.1.8 if choosing between alternative routes using a road or pathway always consider local conditions and choose a route that is safest for you and other road or pathway users;

3.1.9 when approaching a crossing or intersection, slow down and be prepared to stop;

3.1.10 when at a crossing or intersection, stop and look for on-coming traffic or pedestrians before proceeding;

3.1.11 travel at a safe speed that allows you to stop safely to avoid colliding with a pedestrian or vehicle and comply with any low-speed zones that may be enforced where the scooter is used;

3.1.12 travel at a safe distance from a pedestrian or vehicle so you can avoid a collision;

3.1.13 give way to pedestrians and drivers of mobility devices (such as wheelchairs) at all times;

3.1.14 stay off all controlled-access roadways or expressways, freeways, motorways, or highways;

3.1.15 observe all relevant local speed limits and slow down if necessary;

3.1.16 keep a look out for traffic signs, and obey them;

3.1.17 do not ride past a personal mobility devices prohibited sign or enter an area where scooters (or personal mobility devices) are prohibited;

3.1.18 where possible, keep to the left on footpaths, shared paths, and cycling paths;

3.1.19 keep left of oncoming bicycles and other personal mobility devices;

3.1.20 only use the bicycle side of a shared path;

3.1.21 ensure that you have adequate visibility at all times, and can be seen by fellow road users, use the on-board lights when necessary; and

3.1.22 stop riding immediately if the scooter malfunctions, the battery level is low, or the scooter cannot be ridden safely.

4. OTHER RESTRICTIONS

4.1 Do not retain the scooter in your possession after a trip. This includes keeping the scooter within your property.

4.2 Do not fail to pay usage or other fees and charges as they become due.

4.3 Do not convey the scooter in a vehicle or otherwise transport the scooter other than by riding it.

4.4 Do not ride or transport the scooter outside of the designated riding areas.

4.5 Do not prevent or obstruct other users from using the scooter after completing a ride (e.g. by locking the scooter with an external device).

4.6 Do not modify, disassemble, remove components, or otherwise tamper with the scooter in any way.

4.7 Do not retain possession of personal protective equipment provided by Neuron, including helmets, after completing a ride. Attach these to the scooter for use by the next rider (see also 2.2 When ending a trip).

4.8 Do not use the scooter for commercial activities or purposes (e.g. courier, food delivery, promotional activities, rideshare) without Neuron’s prior written consent.

4.9 Neuron may regard the scooter as lost or stolen if you fail to abide by these restrictions.