Posted: Tue 1st Aug 2023

Cardiff Council Seizes Illegal E-Bikes with Defective Brakes in Joint Operation with Police, Clampdown on Cycling Through Queen Street Continues /
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Aug 1st, 2023

Cardiff Council said the majority of illegal e-bikes which it seized in a joint operation with police had defective brakes.
The council and police, which conducted one of their operations to clamp down on cycling through Queen Street on Thursday July 27, seized 17 e-bikes which had the capability to travel between 30mph and 42 mph.
Use of Cardiff city centre’s busy pedestrianised street by cyclists, which is banned, is an issue that the local authority and police have been trying to stop for years.
A Cardiff Council spokesperson said: “Any electric bike that exceeds 15.5mph or has a throttle on the bike is classed as a motorcycle and not a bicycle.
“To drive these vehicles, the vehicle must be registered with the DVLA, the driver must have a motorbike licence and the vehicle must be insured.”
The seized e-bikes had an estimated value of over £22,000.
Over the course of their operations, the council and police have pulled over and spoken to 1,300 people, 70% of whom were riding illegal electric bikes.
The council spokesperson added: “All the vehicles had a throttle, and the majority of the bikes seized had defective brakes, which is exceptionally dangerous.
“Since the operation has taken place, the city centre wardens haven’t seen any illegal electric bikes being used in the city centre.
“These operations will continue, so if you are driving an illegal electric bike in Cardiff and you are caught, your bike will be seized by the authorities.”
Pictures taken by the council in a social media post on last week’s operation show officers speaking to delivery riders on electric bikes.
Just Eat have no couriers who they directly employ in Cardiff.
Couriers in Cardiff either work directly for Just Eat’s independent restaurant partners, and therefore the deliveries are managed and fulfilled completely independently from Just Eat, or are self-employed independent contractors.
The company has a code of conduct for couriers and requires them to hold a licence valid for the category of vehicle they are driving as well as the relevant insurance.
Couriers are also required to comply with The Road Traffic Acts and the Highway Code. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

A Deliveroo spokesperson said: “Deliveroo condemns the use of illegal e-bikes and supports Cardiff Council in tackling this issue.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Uber Eats was also approached for a comment. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Spotted something? Got a story? Email News@News.Wales

More from Cardiff Council

Bus Service Withdrawal to Cardiff Museum Leaves Volunteers Stranded and Impacts Visitors

Cardiff Council

Staff at St David’s Hall in Cardiff Fear Losing Union Recognition as Major Operator Takes Over

Cardiff Council

Concerns Raised About Needles Discarded Outside School Near Cardiff Bay

Cardiff Council

Cardiff Council’s Procurement Process for Affordable Housing Redevelopment in Grangetown Yields Only One Bid

Cardiff Council

Details Released on Funding for Restoration of Cardiff’s Indoor Market

Cardiff Council

Petition Launched Against Cardiff Bus’s Decision to Scrap Main Bus Route Serving St Fagans Village

Cardiff Council

Latest from News.Wales

Senior Councillors to Discuss £1 Transfer of Sports Pitch to Abertillery Bluebirds

Blaenau Gwent Council

Greggs Bakery Granted Permission to Extend Opening Hours in Former Bank

Torfaen Council

Early Stages of Battle for New Ceredigion Preseli Seat Begin with Campaign Launch by Current MP

Ceredigion Council

Rugby Captains from Brynamman Shine in World Cup Success

Carmarthenshire Council

Senior Doctor Warns NHS “Will Not Survive” if Hospitals Become Nursing Homes

Newport Council

Residents of Bridgend cul-de-sac frustrated by ongoing parking issues at nearby school

Bridgend Council