Sherman asked: I ride a 2013 gio zetta. An electric moped. It has pedals. Doesn’t go faster than 19.8mph. Has a 500 watt brushless motor. With all working blinkers. Headlight etc. I got a ticket for driving while license suspended by the sheriff’s office one month after the Leesburg pd inspected my vehicle and said it’s an electric bicycle. No license required. Please help me figure this out. I feel like I am being falsely charged for a crime I did not commit.
It appears that your vehicle is as the Leesburg police stated, a motorized bicycle that does not have to be registered and does not require the operator to have a driver’s license. It is a bicycle. A driver’s license is only required for the operator of a motor vehicle.
s. 316.003 – Definitions
(2) Bicycle – Every vehicle propelled solely by human power, and every motorized bicycle propelled by a combination of human power and an electric helper motor capable of propelling the vehicle at a speed of not more than 20 miles per hour on level ground upon which any person may ride, having two tandem wheels, and including any device generally recognized as a bicycle though equipped with two front or two rear wheels.
I recommend writing to the Sheriff’s Office with this information and asking them to delete the citation. If you do so, make sure you get their answer in writing.
You may also want to file a motion to dismiss before traffic court or present this information to the traffic court.
In any event, we recommend writing to the Sheriff’s Office and asking them to educate their deputies about bicycle laws using the information on this site.
Also, see the posts under “motorized bicycles” for more information.