“There is evidential proof that ABS is a technology that helps save motorcyclists’ lives,” said MSAC Chair Mark Gilbert. “It’s great to see the Government seriously considering bringing this in to support riders to be safer on our roads.”
If approved, the law change would apply to all new-model new motorcycles over 125 cc, entering the fleet from 1 November 2019. Current-model new motorcycles, and imported used motorcycles entering the fleet, would need to have ABS from 1 November 2021.
“Many countries already have, or are, introducing compulsory fitting of ABS on motorcycles, so these changes would bring us in line with the rest of the world,” Mr Gilbert said.
While these future changes signalled the Government’s focus on road safety, Mr Gilbert said motorcyclists could prioritise their own safety in a number of practical ways.
“The best thing riders can do is commit to continuously upskilling by doing a Ride Forever on-road coaching course, at least once every year, and investing in good quality rider gear is also a must,” he said.
Consultation on the mandating of ABS closes at 5pm Friday 26 April 2019. For more information, visit www.nzta.govt.nz/light-vehicle-brakes-2019