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Brakeless bike rider arrested in Tokyo

JIJI

Tokyo police arrested a man Monday for allegedly riding a bicycle without brakes on the rear wheel, in violation of the Road Traffic Act.

This is the first time the rider of a brakeless bike has been arrested after defying repeated requests by police, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

The 31-year-old man told police he had no idea he would be arrested for riding the brakeless competition bike, police sources said.

The law requires both front and rear wheels to be equipped with brakes. Fines of up to ¥50,000 can be levied for violations.