New Zealand has joined a growing list of countries that require motorcycle ABS.   Starting April 1, 2020, all new-model motorcycles over 125 ccs must have anti-lock brake systems (ABS).  New model motorcycles between 50 cc and 125 ccs must have ABS or a combined braking system (CBS).  Existing model and imported used motorcycles will require ABS from November 2021.  Existing motorcycles do not have to retrofit ABS or CBS.

The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) says that required ABS is the “most significant change to motorcycle safety in New Zealand in decades”.  The agency says that it has reviewed numerous studies highlighting the technology’s benefit.

New Zealand Transport Agency

The logo of the New Zealand Transport Agency. Image credit: NZTA

According to NZTA general manager of safety, health, and environment Greg Lazzaro:

“Motorcyclists have the highest rate of deaths and injuries of any group on our roads, and the mandatory fitting of ABS technology is a much-needed step to help riders stay in control and stay safe.”

“ABS is a relatively low cost life-saving technology for motorcycles, but it is still not widely adopted in New Zealand. The evidence is clear that it will deliver the highest returns relative to costs of any motorcycle safety technology we have seen.”

“We want riders to stay safe on our roads. By mandating life-saving ABS technology, it’s estimated 34 lives can be saved and 375 serious injuries prevented over the next 26 years”.

Motorcycles make up only 4% of New Zealand’s vehicle fleet.  Yet motorcyclists made up 17% of fatal road crashes during that time.  From 2014 to 2017, 248 motorcyclists lost their lives in road crashes.

New Zealand joins the European Union, India, Brazil, Taiwan, and Japan in making ABS mandatory.

Featured image credit: Auto Tech Review

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