Penalties for Driving without License
Matthew asked: Do people get pulled over for riding an ebike with a throttle (no pedal) option without a license (and/or arrested, fined, etc.)?
The definition “bicycle propelled by a combination of human power and an electric helper motor” would seem to exclude ebikes with a throttle, and require a driver’s license. When you engage the throttle and stop pedaling it is no longer acting as a “helper” motor. However, the motor is intended to be a helper motor, most ebikes look like bicycles, and most max out at 20 mph, not 30. I think they could prosecute you if they wanted, but that doesn’t seem to be the intent of the law. The middle ground doesn’t seem to be directly addressed by the law.
If there is no human power option, ie. pedals, it would not meet the definition of electric assist motor powered bicycle and the operator could be cited for operating an unregistered motor vehicle and having no driver’s license.
Penalties for motor vehicle violations are beyond the scope of this site. However, this is a quote from Hussein and Webber:
Penalties for No Valid Driver’s License
In Florida, ‘No Valid Driver’s License’ is classified as a second degree misdemeanor, with penalties of up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.
Although the majority of cases will not result in a jail sentence, the principal consequence of a No Valid License conviction is that it will create a permanent criminal record.
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