Cyclist fined after attaching gasoline engine to his bike to help him climb steep slopes
A cyclist was fined after attaching a gasoline engine to his bicycle to help him climb steep slopes.
Lee Middleton, 37, admitted to using a motor vehicle without insurance, driving a vehicle without a license and riding a motorcycle on a road without a protective helmet at Teesside Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.
Teeside Live report that Middleton was arrested by police on January 11 after hearing a “ very loud engine noise ”.
Middleton had fitted the bike with a small gasoline engine to help it manage the steep slopes in his area.
However, he was told his modifications meant the motorcycle was now classified as a motor vehicle and therefore required a license, insurance and a helmet.
An engine powered by a gas tank moved the rear wheel, the judges learned.
Paul Dixon, mitigating, said Middleton ‘had difficulty’ going up and down a steep hill on his bike, and the motor was designed to help him when he was caught by an officer in Errington Street.
He said: “The motor is such a small motor that it helps a bit to go up hills but wouldn’t get you to high speed.
“The offense was committed in ignorance of the law.”
Magistrates sentenced Middleton, of Brotton, to a fine of £ 120, a victim fine surcharge of £ 34 and costs £ 85 – a total of £ 239.
He also received eight penalty points.