The NYPD has begun a crackdown on electric bikes and the restaurants that use them, saying the use of such bikes are de facto illegal since they cannot be registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles.
From the NY Daily News:
Cops have been given orders on how to issue tickets and seize the scooters seen buzzing up and down city streets and sidewalks. The goal is to increase “public safety by enforcing laws pertaining to the use of motorized scooters/electric bikes,” the NYPD documents show.
The electric bikes or e-bikes, which are powered by both pedals and small electric motors, can’t be registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles, police said, meaning they’re illegal on city streets and sidewalks.
“Technically they can’t be registered and they can’t be considered bicycles because they are not solely powered by human power,” said a high-ranking NYPD source. “It’s a problem that we get a lot of complaints about. We try to confiscate them as soon as we see them.”