Your pedal pusher could be illegal

MOTORISED push bikes are becoming the preferred transport of choice around Coffs Harbour - but be wary, yours may be illegal.

Following the death of a man after a motorised push bike accident in Grafton in recent months, police are cracking down on people riding the speedy two-wheel vehicles around Coffs Harbour illegally.

Senior constable Brad Jackson said police had seized a number of motorised bikes in recent weeks.

“People need to be aware they can, and will, be charged if they are found riding a bike with a motor that exceeds 200 watts,” const Jackson said.

“Over 200 watts, the bike is deemed a motor vehicle, and is illegal because it doesn't comply with the Australian standards for motor vehicles.

“We now have an expert in Coffs Harbour who can test the vehicles, so anyone found riding them will have their bike seized for testing. If they are found to exceed 200 watts, the offender will be charged with driving an unregistered, uninsured vehicle without a licence.

“If the bike is under 200 watts, then it's deemed a push bike and the helmet laws still apply.”

If anyone has any queries about their bike and it's legality, they should contact the RTA on 13 22 13.

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