Paignton’s crackdown on e-bike threats
Paignton Police seized a high-powered e-bike after launching a social media campaign to crack down on the machines. Earlier this year they called on the public for help after a number of people reported near-misses with the high-speed bikes.
They wrote: “These e-bikes, even though they have pedals, are still classed as motor vehicles due to the size of the motor fitted. They are not road-registered and can exceed 55 mph, making them unsafe for highway use by unqualified drivers.
“As these bikes are not road legal, the riders will also not have insurance. This would make it very difficult to claim damages in the event of a collision with you.
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Cyclists using the bikes around Paignton often wear black clothing and balaclavas to avoid identification. A police spokesperson said: ‘They don’t care who they endanger or upset with the way they drive. We want to take strong and positive action.
Now they have grabbed a bike and wrote on social media: ‘Today we managed to stop one of the illegal e-bikes that were seen riding around Paignton. The rider will be found guilty of lack of insurance, technical control, tax and lack of driver’s license. He was also arrested for other offenses and taken to Torquay Police Station.
“His bike was recovered. Be careful.”