Electric-assisted bikes are defined as needing to have fully functional pedal system. One municipality (Pasco) is stating that disconnecting the pedals themselves removes that functionality and the bike is now a motorized vehicle requiring a licensed rider even if the pedals are with the bike and may be easily attached. I ask how can that be?
This is no difference than turning off your auto's turn signals when driving straight. They are disconnected, but yet people are not arrested for non-functioning turn signals. And if a pedal breaks on an electric-assisted bike, it is now a what? Moped? Would I be charged for driving without a license because a pedal broke?
I would ask the prosecuting attorneys why the differences in handling the same basic issue between an auto and an electric-assisted bike but their website implies they do not answer questions nor give a way to ask questions. Does anyone have the answer?
I also wonder why does the prosecuting attorney spend months trying to prosecute it as driving without a license rather than having an infraction due to faulty equipment issued? A lot of taxpayer dollars has been used to pursue this heinous crime.
JOHN TEACHMAN, Richland