Quick ride to court for bikers

IF you illegally use a motorised pushbike, you can bet Coffs Harbour police will take action against you.

Coffs Harbour highway patrol supervisor Sergeant Dave Vandergriend said officers had been giving warnings to lawbreakers, but it was now time to get tough, particularly during the school holidays.

“If you're caught doing the wrong thing, you can expect to wind up in court,” Sgt Vandergriend told the Coffs Coast Advocate.

You are complying with the law if the bicycle you are riding has a motor that is under 200 watts.

“However, any petrol-driven motor is deemed to be over 200 watts and if that's the case, it's considered to be a motor vehicle,” he said.

“You can't register such a vehicle because it is not constructed for that purpose and therefore you can't ride it on a public road.”

Sgt Vandergriend said the unfortunate death of a man at Grafton earlier this year after a collision between two petrol-driven motorised pushbikes had highlighted the need for police to take firmer action.

  • For further details, contact Coffs Harbour highway patrol police on 6652 0299, or visit the RTA website at www.rta.nsw.gov.au for a full list of the regulations.


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