Officer’s from Derbyshire Police’s Roads Policing Unit have urged cyclists to think twice before buying 50cc engines which can be fitted to pedal bikes.
After stopping just such a bike yesterday, a spokesperson for the unit tweeted:
’50cc engine added to a pedal cycle.
‘Despite these kits being freely available on the internet, they are not road legal.
‘Please consider this prior to purchase as riders are liable to prosecution. #Traffic #Strange’.
The conversion kits are available on Amazon starting from £110.
One retailer describes the kit as a: ’50cc petrol gas engine kit used to upgrade the regular bike to a motorised bicycle.
‘After converting your bike, you can enjoy riding at a faster speed, which can reach 30km/h’.
Most pedal bikes fitted with a motor, typically an electric one, are limited to around 15 mph.