The Race to Ban Mini-Bikes in America

Consumer Product Safety Commission reports emergency rooms treated 10,015 injuries last year connected to petrol or battery-powered machines.

Published: 01-Apr-2005

S and cities across North America are banning motorised scooters, also known as “pocket bikes” and “minimotors”, after 49 deaths and tens of thousands of injuries.

About one third of those who have died in the United States as a result of using the scooters, which are usually less than 2ft high and capable of doing 35mph, have been younger than 15. Scooters such as the AS-110 Typhoon can be bought in shops or online for as little as $79 (£40), excluding tax.

According to the US’s Consumer Product Safety Commission, emergency rooms treated 10,015 injuries last year connected to petrol or battery-powered machines. For motorists, they are a nightmare, with teenagers darting across suburban streets without any regard for the normal rules of the road.

“I had a near-collision with one of those folks out on the main highway,” John Flanders, a congressman for New Hampshire, told USA Today. “The kids have no fear. The people that are afraid are the people that are driving cars. I wouldn’t want that on my conscience, hitting a young fellow.”

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