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Who Banned Electric Scooters in NYC and Why? The Full Story

As electric scooters gained popularity across many cities around the world, New York City stood still in the midst of this cool, efficient, and eco-friendly transportation revolution. Electric scooters, referred to as e-scooters, were effectively banned in New York City by the New York State Legislature.

The reason behind the ban comes down to two main factors: safety and legality. In 2019, the New York State Legislature decided to legalize e-bikes and e-scooters, but left it up to the discretion of local authorities to impose their own regulations. New York City chose to continue enforcing the ban, citing safety concerns and the potential for accidents.

In recent years, there have been several highly-publicized accidents involving electric scooters, both in the United States and internationally. These incidents have raised concerns about the safety of e-scooters, especially when they share roads with cars, bikes, and pedestrians. Though many cities have implemented safety regulations to address these concerns, NYC felt that e-scooters still posed a significant safety risk and thus decided to maintain the ban.

Another reason for NYC's e-scooter ban Another reason for NYC's e-scooter ban is the legality issue that arises with their usage. In New York City, scooters are classified as motor vehicles under the law, meaning they must be registered and insured. However, electric scooters cannot be registered or insured because they do not meet the required safety standards, hence making them illegal vehicles.

Despite the ongoing ban, electric scooter enthusiasts in New York City are eager for the prohibition to be lifted. They argue that e-scooters can provide a green alternative to cars for short-distance commutes and help reduce traffic congestion in the city. Many are hopeful that, in the future, New York City will reconsider its stance and embrace e-scooters as a viable transportation option for residents and visitors alike.

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