CBS New York:
Two New York lawmakers from Queens have introduced bills to regulate motorized bicycles used commercially with safety and insurance requirements.
Sen. Jose Peralta and Assembly member Aravella Simotas are pushing for the Department of Motor Vehicles to maintain a registry, establish safety regulations, and set minimum liability insurance coverage.
Under the bills, drivers would have to register them with the DMV and traffic infractions would be punishable by fines of $25 to $100.
The scooters, according to the lawmakers, have become part of the fabric of small businessesmaking deliveries throughout New York City. They said attempts to ban them haven’t worked, and accidents can create big liability issues.
Simotas said she’s heard from too many people about near misses and being hit by riders.
Peralta told 1010 WINS the City Council banned delivery scooters in 2004, but since then the number of scooters has actually increased.