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Don't criminalise electric bikes

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Due to a quirk in the law, people riding electric-powered bikes in Northern Ireland without a motorcycle license, tax or insurance could face prosecution. This could lead to a fine and penalty points on the person's license.

This law has been changed in the rest of the UK, but due to the failure of the traditional parties in Northern Ireland to form a functioning Executive, this change cannot currently be made in Northern Ireland.

These bikes are more similar to normal, pedal-powered bicycles than they are to motorbikes, and many people with disabilities and mobility problems rely on them to get about. They have a maximum speed of about 15 miles per hour, little more than the speed of the average cyclist.

The leader of the Green Party in Northern Ireland, Steven Agnew MLA, said that the law was "incredible".

Steven said: "It's a problem that needs to be resolved by the Assembly ultimately, but the police can work on the spirit of the law, beyond the letter of the law and I'll be writing to the chief constable to make that point and not to prosecute people for riding these bikes."

If you agree with Steven, we're asking you to sign this petition and let the Police Service of Northern Ireland know that people should be able to use their safe, environmentally friendly method of transport without worry of criminal charges.

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