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New York - NYC To Crack Down On Improper Use Of Electric Bikes

Published on: October 19, 2017 06:30 PM
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New York - Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Police Department today announced that the City will take heightened enforcement action against electric bicycles, otherwise known as “e-bikes,” with a particular focus on the hazardous operation of e-bikes and businesses who use them or permit employees to ride them.

“E-bikes are illegal to operate in New York City and the NYPD is stepping up enforcement,” said Mayor de Blasio. “Those at the top of the food chain need to be held accountable. That’s why instead of merely targeting riders, we’re going after businesses that look the other way and leave their workers to shoulder the fine.”

“E-bikes are too often a danger on the City’s streets and sidewalks,” said NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill. “They’re illegal to operate here, but it seems like you can spot them everywhere – and that’s where our increased enforcement comes in. Officers are confiscating e-bikes from riders and issuing summonses that carry a stiff fine, and enforcement is up dramatically this year. Soon businesses will be held accountable too, because most e-bike riders are acting on their employer’s behalf. The NYPD is committed to keeping City streets safe for everyone and e-bike enforcement is an important part of the plan.”

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E-bikes are illegal to operate on New York City streets. According to the City Administrative Code, an “e-bike” constitutes a “motorized scooter” and “no person shall operate a motorized scooter in the City of New York” (19-176.2.(b)). So far this year, the NYPD has seized 923 e-bikes compared to the 341 it confiscated this time last year, an increase of more than 170 percent. Nearly 1,800 civil and moving summonses have been issued to e-bike operators year-to-date.

Businesses that enable e-bike use and turn a blind eye to employees who operate them are also at fault. City law states that “a business using a bicycle for commercial purposes shall not possess any motorized scooter and shall not permit any person to operate a motorized scooter on behalf of such business” (10-157-(k)).

Beginning in 2018, the NYPD will issue a new department directive and provide officers with the necessary forms and training to execute civil enforcement against businesses much more efficiently by allowing officers to issue civil summonses to businesses through the mail. While the NYPD will continue confiscating e-bikes and issuing summonses to riders—particularly those riding in a hazardous manner—officers will step up enforcement activity against businesses that too often put their employees in a position to break the law.

Currently, riders caught operating an e-bike are subject to a civil summons, confiscation and fines of up to $500. Beginning next year, businesses that utilize e-bikes or allow employees to operate them will receive a civil summons and a $100 fine for a first offenses and a $200 fine for each subsequent offense (10-157-(g)).



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 Oct 19, 2017 at 06:49 PM Anonymous Says:

Easiest, best way to crack down is to make it legal. It's a stupid law that bans it.

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 Oct 19, 2017 at 08:19 PM Anonymous Says:

There is hardly an eatery that delivers in Brooklyn that doesn't use them. The riders are probably mostly undocumented immigrants.
The police here in my neighborhood are too busy riding around in their cars to get out and enforce any laws. So as long as a e-biker doesn't crash into a police car nothing will happen.

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 Oct 19, 2017 at 10:37 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

There is hardly an eatery that delivers in Brooklyn that doesn't use them. The riders are probably mostly undocumented immigrants.
The police here in my neighborhood are too busy riding around in their cars to get out and enforce any laws. So as long as a e-biker doesn't crash into a police car nothing will happen.

They can just require a license and collect the licensing fee.

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 Oct 19, 2017 at 10:40 PM yaakov doe Says:

I'll be watching for enforcement which has been non existent. If Boro Park these are all over along with cyclists who violate all traffic laws. It's illegal for anyone 12 or older to ride a bike on the sidewalk, but it's common practice in Boro Park. Cyclists are obligated to stop at traffic lights and stop signs and may not ride against traffic, but in Boro Park these laws are ignored. I'll be watching the officers of the 66 Precinct daily to see enforcement.

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 Oct 19, 2017 at 10:56 PM Anonymous Says:

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yaakov doe Says:

I'll be watching for enforcement which has been non existent. If Boro Park these are all over along with cyclists who violate all traffic laws. It's illegal for anyone 12 or older to ride a bike on the sidewalk, but it's common practice in Boro Park. Cyclists are obligated to stop at traffic lights and stop signs and may not ride against traffic, but in Boro Park these laws are ignored. I'll be watching the officers of the 66 Precinct daily to see enforcement.

The truth is, there is no safe way for traditional bicycles to operate in the city. Kick scooters are safer because they offer more control.

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 Oct 23, 2017 at 01:04 PM vbtwo Says:

Will the NYPD start confiscating cars when the drivers do something illegal? Why are they confiscating the bikes? That's outright theft of property.

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