the LAW (NZ)

******** NEW ZEALAND LAW ON UNICYCLES ********

Before starting Unicycling New Zealandbac in March 1993, I approached Transit NZ
to find out the real truth about unicycling in this country… Several letters
between myself and the Minister of Transport brought us both to the following
conclusion…

A bicycle, by NZ law, must have AT LEAST TWO wheels. …well, that rules out a
standard unicycle instantly!

So was it a toy? In the book of NZ road religion, a toy may have a wheel
diametre no larger than 355mm (14inches) INCLUDING any tyre. …rules out the
standard uni again!

therefore we came to the conclusion that in NZ, the unicycle, fell in to the
catagory of a “vehicle” by default. this means it is quite legal to ride the
unicycle on the roads, as you would any vehicle in this country, accomodating
the laws of hand signals at all times, and lights at night, etc. No helmet is
required (as compulsory with a bicycle in this country), no brakes or
steering etc.

I guess we are lucky as I believe unicycling is not cool with authorities in
some states in America… wot a bummer!

     ******** EOF

Regards

Ross Mackintosh romack@midland.co.nz Vivid Images Ltd Editor ‘UniNews’ Hamilton,
New Zealand Founding President ‘Unicycling New Zealand’

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Re: the LAW (NZ)

cdh@wg.icl.co.uk (Chris Hughes) wrote:

>Is it not a requirement in NZ law that a ‘vehicle’, to go on the road, have two
>independent braking systems? I believe there is such a requirement in the UK;
>and that it rules out unis on the road since they have only one braking system
>(ie, back pedal pressure). Chris

Good point…this was brought up in a meeting with the minister at one stage but
he felt it would come under much the same catagory as a Cart…as in horse
drawn! I didn’t argue of course!

Regards

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Re: the LAW (NZ)

cdh@wg.icl.co.uk (Chris Hughes) wrote:

>Is it not a requirement in NZ law that a ‘vehicle’, to go on the road, have two
>independent braking systems? I believe there is such a requirement in the UK;
>and that it rules out unis on the road since they have only one braking system
>(ie, back pedal pressure).

Couldn’t dismounting and putting some good old fashioned shoe leather to work be
considered a second braking system. This means of braking is used quite often in
crowded gyms full of unicyclists here in the US.

Stay on Top,

Ken Fuchs <kfuchs@winternet.com

Re: the LAW (NZ)

cdh@wg.icl.co.uk (Chris Hughes) wrote:

>Is it not a requirement in NZ law that a ‘vehicle’, to go on the road, have two
>independent braking systems? I believe there is such a requirement in the UK;
>and that it rules out unis on the road since they have only one braking system
>(ie, back pedal pressure). Chris
>

It seems clear to me that you do have two completely independent breaking
systems. You have two independent feet, pushing on two independent pedals. What
more do you want.

Bryce

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Re: the LAW (NZ)

Bryce Grevemeyer <bgreveme@etcv01.eld.ford.com> wrote:
> It seems clear to me that you do have two completely independent breaking
> systems. You have two independent feet, pushing on two independent pedals.
> What more do you want.
>
> Bryce

I would have thought that Uni’s have the ultimate fail-safe braking
mechanism—in the event of the `driver’ becoming unconscious for any reason,
the vehicle automatically jettisons said driver, and comes to a halt on it’s
side, all in the space of a few feet.

__Mark

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