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07/19/2018

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The beer pedal trolleys Zack is pushing are banned under Federal motor vehicle laws even if every single person riding them is dead sober. State statutes require that any vehicle with more than 3 wheels meet all the standards that automobiles must meet. You see, they don't meet the Federal Definition of a bicycle:

"(a) Bicycle means:

(1) A two-wheeled vehicle having a rear drive wheel that is solely human-powered;

(2) A two- or three-wheeled vehicle with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 watts (1 h.p.), whose maximum speed on a paved level surface, when powered solely by such a motor while ridden by an operator who weighs 170 pounds, is less than 20 mph." https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=ec74f976f0e1233a487dd1c2db5a964f&mc=true&node=se16.2.1512_12&rgn=div8

That's why vehicles like the Elf manufactured in Durham, NC. only have 3 wheels: https://organictransit.com/

And open container laws may still apply against passengers because you can be charged with DUI while operating a bicycle in North Carolina.

Maybe Zack could use a " liquor-cycle" ( Moped ) to move around the streets of Greensboro if his OL has been suspended. It used to be the preferred method of transportation for habitual drunks with no drivers license . Laws may have changed . I don't know.

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