March 28th I was ticketed for driving my 700li without a helmet, and for driving without a license and motorcycle endorsement. The funny thing is that I actually have a my license and endorsement, but at the time I only had an ID card, and did not make any indication of citing me for this. I showed him the pedals, the chain, told him the description and why its legal and doesn't need to be registered. He had no idea and called the CHP to take a look. The whole process took about an hour, with a lot of standing around, as they were really treating me like a criminal.
So I have this joke of a ticket with three infractions. I am doing a trial by mail, and am sharing information about SR 1156 and HR 727.The citation listed my vehicle as an "Xtreme Motor Scooter". This is obviously incorrect, as I even said it was an Xtreme Electric Bicycle. I am including statistics about the bicycle. Should I include a full stat sheet? Pictures?
The US Senate has passed SR 1156, clearing the way for a legal definition of an electric bicycle in the USA. President Bush has signed this law, and it is in effect. The new law assigns the governance of electric bicycles to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and will define a bicycle that has pedals, (and is capable of being propelled by those pedals) an electric motor of no more than 750 watts, and a top speed (on motor only) of 20 mph as a "bicycle." As a bicycle, therefore, you do not need a license, registration, or insurance.
Federal law says that an electrically driven bicycle is considered a "bicycle" and the laws of bicycles
o Electrically driven bicycle has less than 750 watt motor
o Functional pedals
o Max speed is less than 20mph