Are you legal?


Safelite is not allowed to give legal advice but basically, if your number plate or lights are obscured by the bike or bikes you are carrying, you are breaking the law. Check the laws or NZTA guidelines below:

Lights in general

It is illegal to obscure your lights.

Lights must be clearly visible in clear weather at a distance of at least 200 metres. It’s your responsibility to make sure your vehicle lights are kept clean and in good condition at all times. You should regularly check that your headlamps, indicators and stop lamps are functioning. If you don’t get your lights right ...you could also be in for a hefty fine. Even worse, you could cause a crash. From the brochure "Getting Your Lights Right" NZTA 2012

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Carrying bicycles

Bicycles carried in towbar-mounted cycle racks can often cover up the number plate or essential lights on the back of the vehicle. In these circumstances, the driver is legally obliged to fit additional lights and/or number plates on the back of the load.

http://www.nzta.govt.nz/resources/glovebox-guide-safe-loading-towing/guide-safe-loading-towing/

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Obscuring your number plate

“Operating motor vehicle with plates or licence that is wholly or partially obscured or not easily distinguishable.” 25 Demerit points, plus an appropriate fine.

http://www.nzta.govt.nz/driver-licences/driving-offences-and-penalties/demerit-points/

 
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Overhanging at the sides and the use of reflective plates or white flags

The rules for carrying a load on your car: http://www.nzta.govt.nz/resources/roadcode/about-your-vehicle/car-requirements/#load

The rules for overhanging loads on a vehicle or trailer

Care needs to be taken when transporting machinery and metal objects because they may be heavy, be irregular shapes and have sharp edges. These need to be restrained during a journey. Special racks with clamps may be fitted to some vehicles to hold bicycles.

Note: Bicycles carried in towbar-mounted cycle racks can often cover up the number plate or essential lights on the back of the vehicle. In these circumstances, the driver is legally obliged to fit additional lights and/or number plates on the back of the load.

http://www.nzta.govt.nz/resources/glovebox-guide-safe-loading-towing/guide-safe-loading-towing/

Making up your own number plate

"Operating a motor vehicle displaying plates or licence not authorised for that motor vehicle." 25 Demerit points, plus an appropriate fine.

http://www.nzta.govt.nz/resources/roadcode/about-driver-responsibility/stepping-over-the-line/

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