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FYI: Moped Reg and License fee increases from 1 July

Postby boredwild » Tue Jun 22, 2010 11:22 am

Since the info for mopeds is not posted on the NZTA website (you have to ring them), I'll post it here in the hope that it may be useful to someone.

Initial registration (plate) and 12 months license fee for currently unregistered mopeds, (i.e., new/never registered/deregistered):
Before 1 July: $130
After 1 July: $209

License fees (12 months) for mopeds that are currently registered (plated)
Before 1 July: $90
After 1 July: $169

I, for one, will be buying a full year's license prior to 1 July.
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Postby Hybrid » Thu Jun 24, 2010 12:56 pm

I won't be registering my scooter at all. :P
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Does this make mopeds no longer cost effective?

Postby Bluesmoke » Fri Jun 25, 2010 1:41 pm

The same NZTA website figures for 'over 60cc' capacity

motorcycle/scooter 'initial registration' and subsequent annual

'licensing' (i.e. "rego") from 1 July 2010 appear to be-

First year- $382

Each subsequent year renewal- $321

Subtracting the quoted moped figures from bigger capacity machine

costs, it represents over a year, just an

EXTRA $3.32 per week or 47 cents per day for the first year, and then an

EXTRA $2.92 per week or 42 cents per day over each subsequent

year, to register a bigger capacity machine.


For those of use with a class 6 driver license, who operate a moped for

cheap commuting, it appears that there is no longer a realistic economic

benefit to continue to own the smaller machine, compared to the greater

versatility (of motorway and longer distance use) offered by a bigger

capacity machine.

Other peoples' opinions?
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Postby avai007 » Fri Jun 25, 2010 3:39 pm

I've been talking to Paul Gimblett, the scheme manager at ACC responsible for the increases. He couldn't explain some of the increase to me! This naturally annoys me a lot. I am sending out a newsletter soon regarding the increases and I'll be pushing for an audit of their levy figures soon too. Given what he was saying, a lot of the increase was arbitrarily decided.
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Re: Does this make mopeds no longer cost effective?

Postby avai007 » Mon Jun 28, 2010 8:15 pm

Bluesmoke wrote:The same NZTA website figures for 'over 60cc' capacity

motorcycle/scooter 'initial registration' and subsequent annual

'licensing' (i.e. "rego") from 1 July 2010 appear to be-

First year- $382

Each subsequent year renewal- $321

Subtracting the quoted moped figures from bigger capacity machine

costs, it represents over a year, just an

EXTRA $3.32 per week or 47 cents per day for the first year, and then an

EXTRA $2.92 per week or 42 cents per day over each subsequent

year, to register a bigger capacity machine.


For those of use with a class 6 driver license, who operate a moped for

cheap commuting, it appears that there is no longer a realistic economic

benefit to continue to own the smaller machine, compared to the greater

versatility (of motorway and longer distance use) offered by a bigger

capacity machine.

Other peoples' opinions?


That 60cc class is an odd one, I don't know why such pains were taken to advise the agents (VTNZ / AA / NZ Post) of the rego costs for that little-known class while not advising on that same memo the new costs for mopeds which are cheaper.

Most of the agents assumed that 60cc class was the new moped class but of course that is not the case as both still exist, and mopeds (sub 50cc) are still significantly less at $169/year. Yes moped costs are going up but so are car and motorcycle rego/licensing costs. I just don't like the negligence of publicity regarding the changes to moped costs, given the public interest this negligence could be perceived as quite deceptive on the part of ACC.
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bit more info on the ACC increase

Postby avai007 » Mon Jun 28, 2010 8:52 pm

As TVNZ reported on 10 December 2009 the licensing cost for mopeds was supposed to rise to $130/year. This was based on the levy figure of $99+gst set by a repentant ACC after the backlash following their initial, much higher proposal. So the public consultation finishes, the national broadcaster gets the message out that the levy is not too bad after all, and then Nick Smith tacks on another $30+GST and signs it off himself. This last action, unsurprisingly was not made clear to the majority of moped owners. ACC claims the $30+gst additional levy was added after consultation with "motorbike groups". Whoever this group is needs an honorary accounting fellowship and a big pat on the back because without concrete schedules or programmes nor specific groups to actually take these additional millions of dollars and do something useful with, they have done a sterling job of predicting it was going to cost EXACTLY $30.00 per licensing fee... Is that the stench of arbitrariness I smell on those numbers? Even if the $30+gst is for motorcycle safety, mopeds and bikes have very different safety requirements and respective needs in rider training and riding gear and applying a $30+gst levy to mopeds as well is not valid in my opinion.

Scootling owns approx 20 mopeds and we did not receive a single indication of the additional increase until I inquired at NZTA. ACC also claims that moped owners should have received notices with their licensing renewal forms describing the new costs and a breakdown of those. With 20 mopeds registered to us, I would think we'd be privy to at least one of these elusive letters but I am still waiting, and there are now two days left until the increase. When I passed this information on to Paul Gimblett (Vehicles Scheme Manager at ACC) he replied that he was "disappointed". He also professed the same "disappointment" at VTNZ, AA and NZ Post not having received a correct memo about moped licensing costs.

ACC's spin will have you believe that they were a little negligent in adequately informing the public of the difference. Given the importance of this issue, the fact that there should be public consultation during ALL of the levy-setting process, their actions are tantamount to widespread deception. I will be posting more developments as I get more response from ACC
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Postby Hybrid » Tue Jun 29, 2010 3:50 pm

Does anyone know what the fine is for no registration on a moped?
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Postby Spearfysh » Tue Jun 29, 2010 10:03 pm

Hybrid wrote:Does anyone know what the fine is for no registration on a moped?


Sterilisation for repeat offenders (3 strikes starts as well) or
$200.00 + no demerits in the real world for rego.
$100 for licence breach + 35 demerits.
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