'Illegally modified' electric bikes seized in Glasgow police crackdown

Officers seized six of the e-bikes in the city centre after they were found to have been 'illegally modified'.
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A number of electric bikes have been seized over the weekend following concerns were raised by the community.

Officers seized six of the e-bikes in the city centre after they were found to have been 'illegally modified'.

The bikes have been a growing concern in the city following a spate of incidents which previously seen hundreds of locals write to Glasgow Live to share their concerns over the danger they pose to pedestrians and drivers.

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It came after we reported in September, last year, that since 2020 there have been 1803 incidents involving Pedal Cycle or Electric Bikes across Scotland. Of these, 30 have been fatal with a further 713 described as 'serious.'

Bill Beckett, the chair of Garnethill neighbourhood watch, previously told how city centre residents are being terrorised by the delivery bikes - who zoom along pavements at high speeds. He raised concerns to Police and the Scottish Government after a 90-year-old woman was mowed down two weeks after being released from hospital following a hip replacement surgery.

The elderly pensioner had been out for lunch with her 85-year-old sister when she was struck near the former BHS store on Sauchiehall Street. Bill believes it is only a matter of time before someone is killed by the illegally modified e-bikes which are capable of doing speeds in excess of 30mph.

Other dangerous incidents in Glasgow have included the bikes being driven over the Kingston Bridge and through the Clyde Tunnel.

Shocking footage shared in May 2022 showed a food delivery driver cycling traveling down the left hand lane pedalling through the tunnel alongside a vehicle. The phone footage was captured by the car passenger, who expressed their amazement at the sight.

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Glasgow Live reported in July, last year, how another food courier was spotted again traveling through the tunnel as it moved alongside vehicles. In another incident in June 2022, a driver was arrested after concerned members of the public reported seeing a rider on the M8 motorway.

Glasgow cabs previously backed calls to tackle the growing danger from 'reckless' delivery drivers.

A spokesperson for Glasgow Taxi said: "The number of illegal electric delivery bikes has been a growing problem for some time and it was inevitable that action would have to be taken. It is unfortunate that someone had to be injured before action was taken. Anyone who frequents the city centre, including taxi drivers, will have seen these bikes being driven recklessly, against the flow of traffic, on pavements, particularly at night."

"The most extreme examples have even seen these bikes being ridden on the Kingston bridge and Clyde Tunnel. The riders are seldom without a phone in their hand, wearing clothing which restricts their vision and paying little attention to other road users.

"These are not really bicycles they are electric motorcycles without the incumbent legal requirements. Any action must be viewed as positive."

A spokesperson for Police Scotland said: "Glasgow City Centre Officers seized a number of illegally modified electric bikes over the weekend in response to community concerns. If using an electric bike please ensure you are aware of the requirements in accordance with the law."

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