Pocket Bikes Illegal
Pocket bikes are forbidden on "highways." According to the California Vehicle Code Section 360, a highway is "a way or place of whatever nature, publicly maintained and open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular travel. Highway includes street."
This means that pocket bikes cannot be ridden by anyone at anytime on any publicly owned property, including roads, streets, alleys, public parking lots, and streets. Pocket bikes can only be ridden on private property.
If you decide to operate a pocket bike on the highway, you are subject to being cited for any and all of the following violations of the California Vehicle Code:
If a pocket bike driver does not possess a valid driver license, the mini-motorcycle is subject to impound and storage for up to 30 days. Costs associated with impounding of a vehicle for unlicensed driver activity can easily exceed $1,000.
For additional information on pocket bike laws, see the California Highway Patrol Website.
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