Fancy $100 off your bike rego this year? Well, from July that’s exactly what ACC is offering riders who do Ride Forever Silver and Gold courses.
The cashback offer was developed in response to feedback from motorcyclists during last year’s ‘Shape Your ACC’ levy consultation. It will be trialled for two years and is open to riders who’ve held a full New Zealand Class 6 licence for five years or more and who have a current motorcycle registration.
Riders can claim their cashback, paid into their New Zealand bank account, by supplying a photo of their current motorcycle rego. Simply take two courses (at least three months apart) and you can claim $100 on this year’s rego, and then claim another $100 in 12 months’ time. That’s $200 all up! And there’s good news for anyone who has already been on a Ride Forever Silver or Gold course — so long as it was taken after 1 July 2016 it can count as the first course in your cashback claim.
Doing a Ride Forever course is not only a great day out on the bike, it also means you’re 27% less likely to put in an ACC claim having been injured in a crash. The two-year trial should demonstrate to ACC whether the incentive is effective at reducing claims even further. With 20,000 courses already completed since Ride Forever started five years ago, the aim is get more experienced riders through the programme so they enjoy the benefits of keeping their skills fresh.
The cashback adds to existing incentives, including several discounts and reimbursements on such things as insurance. This is on top of the substantial subsidy on the courses themselves (ACC pays $249 per course while the rider contributes a maximum of $50 per course).
How to get your cashback
To be eligible to receive the cashback you need to:
- live in New Zealand and have held a full New Zealand class 6 licence for five years or more. For example, if you want to apply on 1 July 2019 you must have had your full licence from 1 July 2014
- have completed two Ride Forever courses as outlined below
- upload a photo of your current registration label.
You must complete two Ride Forever courses before you can apply for the cashback. These courses must either be:
- one Silver and one Gold course, or
- two Gold courses
Complete the online application form by clicking here.
Find below a condensed list of FAQs. For the full list, please click here.
- I did a Ride Forever course four years ago, does this count? Why or why not?
No. Like any skill-based activity, motorcycling is a diminishing skill – that’s why we encourage riders to do regular training. To acknowledge riders who already do this, we will accept one historical Silver or Gold course completed between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2019. The second course must be completed at Gold level during the pilot (1 July 2019 – 30 June 2021).
- Why do I have to do a Gold refresher course if I’ve already done one?
Like any skill-based activity, motorcycling is a diminishing skill. Use it or lose it! That’s why we recommend experienced riders do a Gold refresher course at least once a year. The pilot builds on this concept by incentivising riders to do a Gold refresher.
- I have more than one motorcycle, can I apply for additional cashback offers?
The cashback offer is per rider, not per motorcycle. So, you can only apply for one $100 cashback per year, no matter how many motorcycles you own.
- Why is this restricted to only fully licensed riders with five years’ experience?
More experienced riders are less likely to take training. The pilot is designed to encourage these riders to refresh their skills as we know that riders who do a Ride Forever course are 27% less likely to submit a claim with ACC.
- Where do I apply for the cashback?
Complete the online application form by clicking here. You’ll need your name, date of birth, New Zealand driver licence number, contact details, a photo of your motorcycle registration label and the New Zealand bank account number you want the cashback paid into.
- Where can I find more information?
For more details about the cashback see rideforever.co.nz/cashback.