by Eulana Weekes
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The Royal St.Christopher and Nevis Police Force is making an appeal to parents to discourage their children from using bicycles “turned motorcycles” on public roads.”
During the Thursday, January 12, 2023, edition of Policing With You on ZIZ, Superintendent Cromwell Henry said police had seized several makeshift motorcycles, and several individuals are yet to face the court as a result of their actions.
Henry said the skill to convert bicycles into motorcycles is commendable but lamented that using those makeshift motorcycles on public roads is against the law as they lack the necessary features and requirements for transport.
“It is commendable that they have the skills to really convert these bikes to motorcycles, but it is dangerous and if they want to do that and if they want to use them, let them find a field or pasture someplace, but not on public roads. Once on public roads, the bike must meet a certain standard. It must have brakes. It must have horns, it must have lights, indicators, and it must be inspected and approved to be on the road, and these bicycles “turned motorcycles” are not. They are illegal, and we have been detaining them.”
The Superintendent of Police addressed a matter from a few weeks ago, where a video in circulation showed a woman in an outburst of profanity towards the police for a matter relating to her son. The video did not show exactly what transpired, but according to the police, a makeshift motorcycle was taken away from the woman’s son.
“There is one video that went viral with a parent who’s accosting the police with indecent language for taking away one of these bikes from her 17-year-old son. So rather than thanking the police for saving her son’s life, [because] he may have gone and [gotten] killed on the bike, she’s accosting the police, and so what we want to do is make an appeal for parents to really discourage their children from engaging in this type of activity.”
The police informed that such cycles are mostly being ridden by individuals under the age of 18 and one of the main concerns of the police is that some persons are not wearing helmets, which is a requirement under the law for motorcycle riders.