Ag Hats (Helmets) are required by law on roads & roadsides and the police will stop people who are not wearing helmets in these circumstances. The Police also require a EB licence plate if travelling on the road frequently. The police patrol beaches & rivers and they have discretionary powers over these areas. If a person riding the four wheeler is wearing a helmet, travelling at a safe speed for the conditions and the bike is in good working order (up to WOF standard) they will not have an issue with the riders. They do not like passengers on four wheelers, but they will look more favourably at the rider, if both parties are wearing a helmet and they are operating the four wheeler correctly. The local police are very good at liaising with owners of the four wheelers and their local communities.
Worksafe NZ have different rules, as employers must make a Work place safe for employees. Also, employees must take responsibility for keeping themselves safe. This is why they are issuing fines to four wheeler riders who are ignoring the rules. In a work situation you must not take passengers, must wear a helmet, have the four wheeler up to WOF standard and operate the four wheeler correctly as per manufacturers specifications.
The above are two separate issues and both is a changing landscape which may change in the future.
I am on the ATV Safety committee for this area which liaises with police, farming communities, insurance companies and event organisers.
We have a number of AG helmets available. The standard Helmet is similar to the ones worn at the Surf Casting competition. The pricing is from $99.00 to $148.00 depending on style etc.
Thank you and please give me a call or email if you require any further information.
15-19 Hill Road
Bayview, Napier 4104
Ph (06) 8366298