Police crackdown on e-mobility riders sees 26 arrested

Local | 25 Nov 2021 10:46 am

A police campaign against e-mobility and cycling offenses in the New Territories saw 98 tickets dished out to cyclists and 26 people arrested for riding e-mobility devices.  

The three-day operation from Monday to Wednesday took place in Tsuen Wan, Sha Tin, Ma On Shan, and Lantau Island. The operation is part of a long-running police campaign - Operation Goldensun.  

Police said they arrested 26 people, aged between 19 and 62, for the full slate of four e-mobility charges: riding without vehicle registration, insurance, license, or helmet.  

Officers also confiscated seven e-scooters, 15 electric bicycles, three electric monowheels, and one electric tricycle.  

All arrestees have been granted bail, pending further investigation, and will have to report to the police station in late December.  

As part of Goldensun, the force reiterated its commitment to stamp out e-mobility in Hong Kong, claiming the machines “can cause fatal traffic accidents.”  

Meanwhile, Cyclists were targeted for not having the correct lights or bells, riding on pavements, riding the wrong way on the carriageway, or riding while using phones.  

Ninety-eight tickets were handed out throughout the operation to cyclists for such offenses.  

“The police attach great importance to road safety and will continue to take relevant enforcement actions to protect the safety of other road users,” said a police statement.  

Those who use unregistered electric mobility devices on carriageways, footpaths, or cycle tracks commit an offense under the Road Traffic Ordinance and are liable to a fine of HK$10,000 or imprisonment. They may even lose their driving licenses.

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