Originally Posted by Dreamhammer
Well I was pulled over here in el mirage and got ticketed for driving a 48 cc motorized bike without a license and they impounded the bike all because the officer said I was going 30 and kept calling it a moped what should I do? I thought the whole point of the 20 mph limit was just a speed limit nothing more nothing less I can seriously use some legal and regular help here guys. Also how many of you have been pulled over?
I'd first start by researching AZ laws on this subject.
6. "Bicycle" means a device, including a racing wheelchair, that is propelled by human power and on which a person may ride and that has either:
(a) Two tandem wheels, either of which is more than sixteen inches in diameter.
(b) Three wheels in contact with the ground, any of which is more than sixteen inches in diameter.
30. "Moped" means a bicycle that is equipped with a helper motor
if the vehicle has a maximum piston displacement of fifty cubic centimeters
or less, a brake horsepower of one and one-half or less and a maximum speed of twenty-five miles
per hour or less on a flat surface with less than a one per cent grade.
31. "Motor driven cycle" means a motorcycle, including every motor scooter, with a motor that produces not more than five horsepower.
ARTICLE II. MOTORIZED BICYCLE OR TRICYCLE
Sec. 5-4. Regulating motorized bicycle or tricycle; purpose and intent.
The State has granted municipalities express authority to regulate or prohibit the operation of motorized electric or gas-powered bicycles or tricycles. It is the purpose and intent of this Article to provide for the regulation of motorized electric or gas-powered bicycle or tricycle (“motorized bicycle or tricycle”) to protect the safety of pedestrians, bicyclists, motor vehicle drivers and operators of motorized bicycles or tricycles. The Mayor and Council find it is in the public interest to regulate the operation of motorized bicycles or tricycles by prohibiting their use on sidewalks, multi-use paths, shared use paths and pedestrian paths, and by imposing age restrictions and safety requirements for the riders of motorized bicycles or tricycles.
Sec. 5-5 Definition.
As used in this article “motorized bicycle or tricycle” means an electric or gas-powered bicycle or tricycle that is equipped with a helper motor that has a maximum piston displacement of forty-eight cubic centimeters or less or an electric motor of less than 750 watts (1 h.p.), that may also be self-propelled and that is operated at speeds of less than twenty miles per hour.