Hoon ban for ‘motorcycle’
IT IS legal to put an engine on a bicycle but a 23-year-old Port Douglas man found out the hard way that fitting an internal combustion motor changes the description to a motorbike.
Last Thursday around 3pm, Port Douglas police intercepted the man riding the “motorcycle” around Port Douglas and charged him with several offences.
While electric engines are acceptable, Port Douglas police said under the Transport and Road Management Act 1995, the internal combustion motor makes the bicycle a motorcycle and has to be insured, registered and a licence is required.
Officer-in-Charge Sergeant Damien Meadows said the vehicle was required to not only be registered and have third-party insurance, it needed to be roadworthy and the man needed to be wearing an Australian standard approved motorcycle helmet.
“He was arrested and charged with driving unregistered, uninsured, disqualified driving and failure to wear a helmet and for being un-roadworthy,” he said. “It’s illegal because the way these things work, to pull the back brake, it was actually the clutch to disengage the motor and he only had front brakes, which is dangerous.”
The motorcycle has been seized for 48 hours under the hoon legislation.
Transport Branch police said under recent legislation changes, all petrolpowered vehicles and electric engines over 200 watts have to be registered.
The man will appear in the Mossman Magistrate’s Court on five charges on August 22.