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Motorized Bicycles Must Follow Rules of the Road

Wed October 16, 2019

No doubt you have seen them in your daily commute. Bicycles that have had a small engine installed, driving on streets in Saint John. The Saint John Police Force Traffic Division has been monitoring the situation and would like to point out the rules and regulations when it comes to this mode of transportation.

The operator requires a class of license, insurance, and a registration. Motor driven cycle includes a bicycle with an engine less that 50cc. Over 50cc they would be considered a motor cycle. A motor driven cycle is a motor vehicle as per the Motor Vehicle Act.

The operator of a motor driven cycle requires a class 9 driver licence or class 6 driver license. Any motor vehicle operating on a highway requires insurance. Any motor vehicle operating on a highway requires registration and a headlight and taillight and a certified motorcycle helmet. To obtain a motor driven cycle registration, you must have a certified CMVSS label on the vehicle as well to ensure it is safe for the road.

If the owners, operators of these motorized bicycles fail to adhere to the rules laid out in the Motor Vehicle Act, the bikes can be apprehended and charges laid. “Safety in the operation of any vehicle on the roads in Saint John is paramount and the rules of the road must be followed, says Communications Manager Jim Hennessy.

Jim Hennessy
Manager of Communications/Public Information
Saint John Police Force
saintjohn.ca
1-506-632-6138