Petrol-powered bike ban welcomed

PEOPLE commenting on a local police Facebook page have welcomed new laws banning petrol-powered bicycles.

The Richmond Local Area Command posted details about the new law on its Facebook page on October 7.

More than 25 people commented, with most in favour of the ban.

NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay announced the laws were for safety reasons, saying: "These bikes can travel at high speeds but their brakes and other safety components are only designed for standard bicycles."

"This means they take much longer to stop than a standard bike, greatly increasing the risk of crash," he said.

Cheyne Melanie Elliott-Paul said: "Bikes are bad at jumping out of nowhere, but bikes with motors are even more notorious for it!"

Bruce Jones agreed, posting: "These 'riders' HAVE been ruining everyone's fun with their noise, erratic riding and NO idea of the rules of the road. This is a very good law for those who obey the law, not the wannabe bikies out there."

Richard Fleming said he supported the new laws due to safety concerns, posting: "There's two particular bikes in Goonellabah I see frequently and I've had to dodge them on many occasions to avoid "cleaning them up". One passed me on Ballina Rd when I was sitting on 60km/hr!"

Jak Maklinski said: "All the boys who get them when they go DUI (drink driving) will be spewing."

Alan Johnston posted: "Good. Very dangerous in the hands of fools."

John Hunter said: "About time!", while Tim Jolley-McBain said: "Thank god for that."

The first post was by Michael Hawkes condemning the new law: "Yea sweet, ruin everyone's fun."

Damien Lang echoed Michael Hawkes' sentiments, posting: " I have no problem with these bikes. I think they are great for the young that need to get around, they just need to take more care on the roads and not be idiots and all will be sweet."

The new law still permits electric bicycles and power-assisted bicycles that use a combination of electric motors and pedalling.

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