Q&A - Is It a Motor Assisted Cycle?
The other day my son was riding his Motorino Scooter which has the Transport Canada label that it is a 'Power Assisted Bicycle' He had his pedals attached which was acknowledged by the officer. Yet he was charged with 'no lisence' and 'no insurance' because the officer insisted that the bike did not meet the MAC qualifications. The charges were $276 and $598. The officer’s contention is that the Motorino scooter does not meet 3(2)(a) which reads: “The motor of a motor assisted cycle must turn off or disengage if (a) the operator stops pedaling, ...
However, doesn't the label from Transport Canada prove that it is classified as a MAC? Is this just en effort to get the scooters off the road? Any information would be helpful. I know that others have been charged with these offenses because the pedals were taken off but my son's pedals were on at the time. Nor was he committing any other offenses.
NOTE: As of February 2021, Transport Canada has decided that it will no longer regulate power assisted bicycles whose top speed is 32 km/h or less. This is being left to the provinces and could mean that the PAB label will no longer be affixed by manufacturers. Inquiries for more information are being made.