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Dutch police have a roadside device for identifying illegally fast and powerful e-bikes

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Rebecca Morley

Rebecca has been in cycling journalism since 2018. She started out at trade title BikeBiz and still contributes features to its monthly magazine, and was also named one of Cycling UK's 100 Women in Cycling 2019.


2 months 1 week ago

290 euro fine? Multiplied by the probability of being caught (247/x, where x is a number far bigger than 247), I don't think that's much of a deterence.

Far better to impound the machines there and then, to be reclaimed by the original rider (not their parent/guardian/friend) once they can produce the correct licence and insurance for the relevant category the bike falls into (which might entail waiting until they reach the correct age) - plus payment of the euro 290 fine, plus storage and admin charges.

2 months 1 week ago

They've had these for a long time - for testing mopeds and catching illegally souped up ones. Maybe not mobile ones, but they had them at the station. Certainly back in ~94, when they did so with my AR50 (I got a fine Wink ).

2 months 1 week ago

All good (sadly without feedback not everyone will be responsible with nice things - especially new nice things).  Even better:

Police don't check the speed of electric vehicles such as e-bikes, fat bikes or speed pedelecs, instead they assess the moment at which the pedal assistance stops.

Hopefully this is providing some (mild) turbo-training for the police?