July 6, 2011


A 23 year old male was arrested for drink-driving when police stopped him on his electric bike.

Motorised bicycles do not need a licence, tax or insurance and therefore are not covered under the drink-drive laws.

Mr Dancer was first pulled over in February this year when he was found pushing his bicycle and again was stopped by police in March when caught riding the bike.

Magistrates have fined him £200 and ordered him to pay £185 in costs. He was prosecuted under a Victorian law dating back to 1872.

The first offence was being drunk in charge of a carriage and the second for being drunk in charge of a pedal cycle.

The 1872 Licensing Act was originally there to charge those drunk in charge of a carriage, steam engine, a horse or a cow.

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