Are you legal?

We're not lawyers, but we can tell you this - if your number plate or lights are obscured by bikes, you're breaking the law. You could recieve 20-25 demerit points, a hefty fine, or worst of all - you could be putting yourself and your family in danger.

An outline of NZTA rules:
  • It is illegal to obscure your lights. They must be clearly visible in clear weather at a distance of at least 200 metres, and it’s your responsibility to make sure they’re clean and in good condition at all times.
  • It is illegal to drive a vehicle with plates that are wholly or partially obscured.
  • If your bikes cover up any part of your number plate or lights, the law says you must fit additional lights and a supplementary plate.
  • The additional number plate has to be an official NZTA approved one. No hand-made jobs or quick scribbles on cardboard are allowed.

Click on the PDF to check out the general rules on lights.

Demerit points and penalties

Operating a motor vehicle with plates or lights that are wholly or partially obscured or not easily distinguishable, can result in up to 25 Demerit points for each offence, plus an appropriate fine.

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