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- 10:56 AM
- Nov 17, 2014
- Good day. I've been building and riding for quite some time here in Connecticut. I've had my share of pull overs and never had a bike taken. I've been ticketed once for exceeding the db limit for exhausts, but was thrown out in court.
Anyways in regards to Connecticut's motor assisted bicycle laws, here goes, ( links atbottom)
1. Under 5 bhp (brake horse power)
2. Minimum seat height of 26"
3. Valid driver's license.
Nowhere in their language (glossary) does itrequire head protection unless aged 17-18. But it's a smart move to at least wear d.o.t.approved glasses to protect your eyes.
On another note, i found a loophole of sorts.The state of Connecticut does not require pedals to be a functional bicycle. That carries over into motor assisted bicycles as well. If a bicycle does not require pedals to be a bicycle, then they are also not required on motor assisted bicycles (helper motors)
I'm no lawyer, but I've checked with one (my landlord) and he's in 100% agreeance with me in regards to the legal lingo.
Hope this helps my fellow nutmeggers, and any visitors.
http://law.justia.com/codes/connecticut/2011/title14/chap248/Sec14-286.html *this link shows the amendment to pedal requirements
You'll need to utilize their glossary to see the under 5bhp rule.