See police crush e-scrambler bikes after illegal ‘exit’ event in Birmingham
This is the moment police crashed e-scrambler bikes after an illegal ‘exit’ event in Birmingham. Police say they were driven dangerously and without insurance.
West Midlands Police say they have received numerous calls from people about anti-social use of cycling, with cyclists tearing up parks and intimidating road users. It is alleged that the bikes were being ridden dangerously and uninsured during a “ride out” event.
Police also arrested two men on suspicion of dangerous driving and later released him on bail. Another man was fined for driving without insurance.
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Officers seized a number of e-bikes and they were taken to be crushed at a scrap yard. The force said they are often asked why they don’t sell the bikes and donate the money to charity.
But police say that, as these bikes cannot be ridden legally on the roads or in public spaces, if they sold them, “there is every chance that they will be ridden illegally or dangerously again”.
In a social media post, police posted: “#CRUSHED | We seized these e-scramblers as they were traveling illegally in #Birmingham. They will no longer cause concern in our communities: we have crushed them.
‘It is alleged that the bikes were being ridden dangerously and uninsured during a ‘ride out’ event. E-bikes like these cannot be registered for use on roads or in open public spaces.
“If you drive them on public roads, you are breaking the law. You risk being sued and the bike seized and destroyed.
“We get many calls from people worried about anti-social use of the bike, cyclists tearing up parks and intimidating road users. it’s not acceptable. We conduct operations with traffic units and our drone team to identify and catch violators.
“And as this video shows, we will take strong action against anyone who causes trouble. We are often asked why we don’t sell the bikes and maybe donate the money to charity.
“It’s just because they can’t be ridden legally on the roads or in public spaces – so if we sell them there’s every chance they’ll be ridden illegally or unsafely again. These bikes can cost thousands of pounds. Don’t make a costly mistake.
“We have arrested two men on suspicion of dangerous driving and they are still under investigation as our investigation progresses. Another man has been fined for driving without insurance.
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