HASTINGS police have been busy dealing with illegal behaviour on motorised bicycles and have warned that parents and riders need to know the rules for taking motorised vehicles on the road.
In two of the most recent incidents, police impounded an illegal motorised bicycle after a male was caught doing monos in Hastings on 12 February.
Just after 5.30pm, police were called by a resident who had filmed the bike’s rider lifting the front wheel off the ground while riding on a public road.
A divisional van went to a Hastings address where police found the bike, but found the occupants of the house were “uncooperative” in helping them identify the rider.
The bike was seized and impounded at a cost of $1300 to the owner.
A few hours later at about 9.15pm, police in the Hastings divisional spotted a male not wearing a helmet while riding a 350 watt e-bike without lights.
Police intercepted the rider a short time later and impounded the bike at a cost to the owner of $1300.
Police are advising parents of children or teenagers with electric scooters or skateboards that state legislation dictates that it needs to be under 200 watts or have a top speed of under 10kph.
If the vehicle exceeds those parameters then it is classed as a motor vehicle and all the relevant road laws are applicable. It must be registered, the rider must be licensed, and drink and drug driving laws apply.