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New Council bill would require registration of e-bikes, scooters

June 20, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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CITYWIDE — THE CITY COUNCIL is considering a new bill cracking down on e-bikes and scooters dubbed “Priscilla’s Law” in memory of Priscilla Loke, a Chinatown woman who was killed in a hit-and-run with an electric CitiBike last year, the bill would require all motorized micromobility devices to be registered with the city Department of Transportation and to display a license plate. The bill already has support from a majority of councilmembers, including sponsors Inna Vernikov, Kalman Yeger, Justin L. Brannan, Eric Dinowitz, Chi A. Ossé, Mercedes Narcisse, Susan Zhuang, Farah Louis and Darlene Mealy. Queens state Assemblymember Jenifer Rajkumar introduced a similar bill, also dubbed Priscilla’s Law, in Albany last month.

Concern over the safety risks of e-bikes and scooters, both from traffic accidents and from battery fires, have grown in recent years as the “last mile” vehicles have become more popular.

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