Last Updated on July 16, 2022 by Nafi
A pocket bike isn’t permitted to operate on public roads and highways in Most of the cities in the US and UK because of its security issues. However, you can drive a pocket bike inside a private land or property. You can also ride the pocket bike where it’s allowed to. There is usually some mini bikes friendly area. These areas have no access of any large private or public vehicle.
Why can’t you ride a pocket bike in public?
The only reason behind you can’t ride your pocket bike on public roads and highways is safety. By many authorities, the pocket bike is said to have no road permit for the same reason and they are very strict about this. So let’s see what made it liable for being unsafe. The reasons include:
- The pocket bike is rated for 13+ kids and a young group of riders who have no driving permission.
- The pocket bike is small and lightweight and allegedly has no vehicle fitness. So it’s not considered a serious vehicle.
- They are two slow as a result they can be knocked by other vehicles.
- A vehicle should have some safety features i.e speedometer, horn, headlight, rearview mirror, front and back indicator light. But the pocket bike comes without these components.
- Due to the small size pocket bike often seems invisible from the big tall vehicle. So a big truck might pass over this without any knowledge.
- A pocket bike isn’t allowed to drive even for those who have a driving license.
What if I violate Pocket bike laws?
If you don’t follow pocket bike law and violate it, you might be accused of violation of federal traffic law. It’s hard to escape from an allegation on the developed city if you really have done the crime. You might be found guilty in court and have to count a good sum of fine.
The possible punishments are:
- You might have to count a monetary fine.
- You might end up in jail for a specific period of time.
- Your pocket bike might be seized and confiscated.
- Your driving license can be held or suspended.
Then where can you ride it?
When you have no permission to go out, you don’t need to have permission to stay at home. Staying at home requires no permission. Similarly, since you have no permission to ride your pocket bike on a public road, you can ride it in a private space. It can be in your backyard or a nearby hilly area. But if you or your parents don’t own that private area, you should take prior permission before you enter it. Remember trespassing in personal space might result in an allegation of trespass, theft, and vandalization. You might count a fine if that neighbor is not a good human being.
Other places where you can ride your pocket bike include:
- Local Minibike-friendly field.
- Municipality riding track.
- Nearby hilly zone.
- Residential area track
- In the wood (Maintain safety)
Is it safe to ride the pocket bike in hilly areas and wood?
A pocket bike is not suitable for rugged roads and passages. A vehicle needs a special suspension and wheel to ride on those lands. But a pocket bike comes with no suspension at all most of the time. It also has no off-road specialized wheel to grip on the road. So you are less likely to enjoy the journey on off-road. It might be rather risky to overturn with your pocket bike while riding upward.
However, you can ride on a grass field. But it might destroy the grass. So you should consider that. You can also ride bare plain ground.
Can an adult ride a pocket bike?
All legal facilities are unavailable for a pocket bike since it has no legal acceptability as a vehicle. Different legal authorities consider this a fun rider, not a real vehicle. To the state safety concern, an adult person is more prone to encounter an accident with a pocket bike. Because an adult person can’t well position himself in the pocket bike. He has to bend his leg and face his knee upward. This is allegedly an inconvenient position for the riders that can cause a loss of control.
Unlike a kid or young teen, an adult person can have a driving license. But he doesn’t have permission to drive an unlicensed vehicle. So if you have a driving license and you attempt to drive a pocket bike on a public road and if you are caught, you might end up in jail losing your driving license.
An adult person is also less likely to deserve any consideration for his crime to the law. So adult people should think a second time to operate a pocket bike on public roads.
Can I ride a pocket bike on the sidewalk?
It depends on the place and the city you are living. In the USA, in most of the cities, the law prohibits the operation of the pocket bike on the sidewalk. Even some cities require a minimum age of 12 years old to drive pocket bikes in private places.
You should find the legal orders and directives to know exactly what is the rules of pocket bike operation in that particular area. Some cities in Europe have poor law enforcement of traffic rules. You can find that there is no restriction to operate pocket bikes on the sidewalk. You will also notice the operation of the pocket bike walking zone.
But in most jurisdictions, a mini bike like pocket bikes is prohibited to drive on public roads. So you should seek for alternative paths to ride.
But you should obey the legal order for your own safety. Even all the law was made for the citizen, not for the law itself.