Reckless E-bike rider, 30, who raced through red light with no helmet or working brakes and slammed into car is spared jail – in ‘UK’s first conviction of its kind involving electric vehicle’
- Noshad Khan, 30, admitted dangerous driving after running a red light last year
- Khan crashed into a Ford Galaxy in Birmingham, and was left with serious injury
- Footage obtained by police showed he had been riding recklessly through traffic
- He was handed 12 weeks in prison suspended for 18 months in what is believed to be the first dangerous driving conviction of the owner of an electric vehicle
Pictured: Noshad Khan has been convicted of dangerous driving after crashing his electric bike in Birmingham last September
A reckless e-bike rider who caused a horror crash at a busy junction has been spared jail in what is believed to be the first conviction of its kind involving an electric vehicle.
Noshad Khan, 30, admitted dangerous driving after he went through a red light and collided with a Ford Galaxy in Moseley, Birmingham on September 5 last year.
He was riding the electric bike without a helmet and with defective brakes when was involved in the smash at a busy junction.
Khan was treated in hospital for serious head injuries while a passenger in the people carrier suffered minor injuries.
The driver of the Galaxy remained at the scene and assisted police while witnesses told how they saw Khan go through the red light at the junction.
Officers also retrieved dashcam footage which showed the biker had earlier been dangerously weaving in and out of traffic.
Khan, of Birmingham, admitted dangerous driving, driving whilst disqualified and without insurance at Birmingham Magistrates Court on May 24.
On Tuesday, he avoided jail after being sentenced to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for 18 months.
Noshad Khan ran a red light and smashed into a car when riding recklessly on his electric bike through Birmingham. He was left with a serious head injury and has now been prosecuted
Khan admitted dangerous driving and was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison suspended for 18 months. He was also banned from driving for three years and must complete an extended test
Riders are not required to hold a driving licence to use an electric assisted pedal cycle (EAPC) on UK roads.
These types of electric bike rely on a battery and are limited to 15.5mph.
The motor used by the bike must not be higher than 250watts and riders must be over 14 years of age.
However, despite not requiring tax or insurance, they are still bound by the laws of the road.
That means if they are found to have been riding in a dangerous manner that puts other road users at risk, they could be prosecuted.
A rider’s driving is regarded as dangerous if it falls below the standards expected of a careful and competent driver.
Khan was also banned from driving for three years and must complete an extended test before taking to the road again.
Det Sgt Paul Hughes, of West Midland’s Police’s Serious Collision investigation Unit, said afterwards: ‘This case shows how important it is to stick to the rules and regulations.
‘As an electric motorbike, this vehicle still needed to be insured, driven in a manner that did not put others in danger and, as with all motorbikes and mopeds, the rider must be wearing a helmet for their own safety and protection.’
The case is believed to be first, or one of the first, convictions in Britain for driving an electric vehicle dangerously.
Several people have been convicted of drink-driving on electric scooters, which are illegal to ride in any public place in the UK if they are privately owned.
Rental e-scooters can be used on roads, in cycle lanes and on cycle paths, but are banned from being ridden on pavement.
And last March electric bike rider Thomas Hanlon, 32 was cleared of causing death by careless driving after he knocked down Sakine Cihan, 56, in Dalston, east London.
The case was billed as the first prosecution of its kind before the bricklayer was found not guilty by a jury sitting at the Old Bailey.
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