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NYC law permitting e-scooters now in effect

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A new law permitting e-scooters to operate in New York City went into effect Monday.

The law is expected to ease the burden of commuters who live in areas without easy access to public transportation.

“They’re eco-friendly. You don’t have to look for parking,” said the bill’s sponsor Councilman Fernando Cabrera. “In the COVID era, this is heaven sent.”

NYC law permitting e-scooters now in effect

A man rides his e-scooter in Union Square, Manhattan, New York. (Shawn Inglima/for New York Daily News)

It will allow shared e-scooter fleets to operate in certain parts of the city under a pilot program that will launch in March, but the shared scooters will not be allowed in Manhattan. Privately-owned e-scooters will be permitted throughout the city.

The top speed for e-scooters allowed under the law is 20 mph. The use of other, faster motorized scooters is still prohibited under the law.

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