Hoon ban for ‘mo­tor­cy­cle’

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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