Bill Text: NY A09953 | 2021-2022 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Requires license plates for bicycles with electric assist and electric scooters in New York city; requires a registration fee for such license plates.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 5-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2022-04-19 - referred to transportation [A09953 Detail]

Download: New_York-2021-A09953-Introduced.html



                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________

                                          9953

                   IN ASSEMBLY

                                     April 19, 2022
                                       ___________

        Introduced by M. of A. ABBATE -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Transportation

        AN  ACT  to  amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to requiring
          license plates for bicycles with electric assist and electric scooters

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section  1. The article heading of article 34 of the vehicle and traf-
     2  fic law, as amended by chapter 694 of the laws of 1995,  is  amended  to
     3  read as follows:
     4            REGISTRATION AND OPERATION OF BICYCLES AND PLAY DEVICES
     5    §  2.  The  vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding a new section
     6  1244 to read as follows:
     7    § 1244. Registration of bicycles with electric assist. a.  In  a  city
     8  having  a population of one million or more, every bicycle with electric
     9  assist as defined in section 102-c of this chapter shall  be  registered
    10  and  issued  a license plate by the department. In a city having a popu-
    11  lation of one million or more, no person shall operate  a  bicycle  with
    12  electric assist on the public highways unless such bicycle with electric
    13  assist shall have a distinctive number assigned to it by the commission-
    14  er  and  a  number plate issued by the commissioner with a number corre-
    15  sponding to that of the certificate of registration.
    16    b. Such license plates shall be of such  material,  form,  design  and
    17  dimensions  and contain or set forth such distinguishing number or other
    18  identification marks as  the  commissioner  shall  prescribe,  provided,
    19  however,  that there shall be at all times a marked contrast between the
    20  color of the number plates and that of the numerals or letters  thereon,
    21  and  provided further that no bicycle with electric assist shall display
    22  the number plates of more than one state at a time, nor shall any  plate
    23  be used other than those issued by the commissioner.
    24    c.  Each  such  license  plate shall identify whether the bicycle with
    25  electric assist is personal or commercial in nature.
    26    d. Each such license plate shall be  conspicuously  displayed  on  the
    27  rear  of  the  bicycle  with electric assist, securely fastened so as to
    28  prevent the same from swinging.

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD15320-01-2

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     1    e. The fee for such license plates shall be a nominal  fee  determined
     2  by the commissioner.
     3    §  3.  The  article heading of article 34-D of the vehicle and traffic
     4  law, as added by section 10 of part XX of chapter  58  of  the  laws  of
     5  2020, is amended to read as follows:

     6               REGISTRATION AND OPERATION OF ELECTRIC SCOOTERS

     7    §  4.  The  vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding a new section
     8  1290 to read as follows:
     9    § 1290. Registration of electric scooters. a. In a city having a popu-
    10  lation of one million or more, every  electric  scooter  as  defined  in
    11  section  114-e  of this chapter shall be registered and issued a license
    12  plate by the department. In a city having a population of one million or
    13  more, no person shall operate an electric scooter on the public highways
    14  unless such electric scooter shall have a distinctive number assigned to
    15  it by the commissioner and a number plate  issued  by  the  commissioner
    16  with a number corresponding to that of the certificate of registration.
    17    b.  Such  license  plates  shall be of such material, form, design and
    18  dimensions and contain or set forth such distinguishing number or  other
    19  identification  marks  as  the  commissioner  shall prescribe, provided,
    20  however, that there shall be at all times a marked contrast between  the
    21  color  of the number plates and that of the numerals or letters thereon,
    22  and provided further that no electric scooter shall display  the  number
    23  plates  of  more  than  one state at a time, nor shall any plate be used
    24  other than those issued by the commissioner.
    25    c. Each such license plate shall identify whether the electric scooter
    26  is personal or commercial in nature.
    27    d. Each such license plate shall be  conspicuously  displayed  on  the
    28  rear  of  the  electric  scooter, securely fastened so as to prevent the
    29  same from swinging.
    30    e. The fee for such license plates shall be a nominal  fee  determined
    31  by the commissioner.
    32    § 5. This act shall take effect immediately.
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