The Jan. 25 hearth in a Kew Gardens Hills daycare heart nonetheless was virtually per week away when Councilman Bob Holden (D-Maspeth) launched a invoice to show again the clock on e-bikes and e-scooters.
The FDNY has confirmed the Jan. 25 blaze that harm 18 kids, together with one badly sufficient to be hospitalized, was attributable to an e-bicycle battery being recharged.
The Division of Buildings positioned a complete vacate designation on the home at 147-07 72 Drive [see separate story in some editions or online at qchron.com].
Authorities allegedly additionally discovered a dental lab within the constructing. DOB inspectors responding to the hearth scene issued two violations — one for performing building work within the constructing’s basement with out the correct permits, and one other for permitting folks to occupy a basement that’s designated in metropolis data as a storage space.
Holden’s invoice, Intro. 883, would rescind adjustments made by the Council in 2020 that primarily legalized all types of e-vehicle transportation the place they’d been unlawful, with the intention of giving the state Legislature an opportunity to craft some laws.
Holden’s invoice additionally would restore older, beforehand larger fines for violations.
“Bear in mind, the electrical bikes, the electrical scooters, you couldn’t have these within the Metropolis of New York,” Holden stated in an interview final Friday.
Again in 2020, the state Legislature allowed municipalities to authorize e-bikes and scooters, largely with the intention of serving to supply riders, lots of them immigrants, make higher time and thus extra money.
The state regulation additionally had a provision that, not like with a automotive, truck or motorbike, police who suspected an e-vehicle operator of working drunk or medication couldn’t be pulled over until and till there was an accident.
“They gave the municipalities the authority to legalize e-scooter transportation and e-bikes,” Holden stated. “These are automobiles that go underneath 25 miles per hour. What the Metropolis Council did was authorize all electrical modes of transportation, that means all e-bikes, all e-scooters, these mopeds. Many, you’ll be able to’t inform in the event that they’re going underneath 25 miles per hour. Many can go 40, however most individuals don’t know that.
“My invoice, 883, would carry the town again to 2020 and let the state return to the drafting board. The state must give you laws to license them and register them and to ensure they’ve insurance coverage.”
The invoice and a abstract might be learn on-line at on.nyc.gov/3JssHTv. Co-sponsors embody Councilmembers Jim Gennaro (D-Recent Meadows), in whose district the Jan. 25 hearth happened, Vickie Paladino (R-Whitestone) and Althea Stevens (D-Bronx).
“We’ll get extra. You’ve bought to promote it,” Holden stated. He stated a former co-sponsor pulled out after getting stress that he believes got here from pro-cycling teams.
Gennaro made reference to and voiced assist for Holden’s invoice in his preliminary posted assertion on the daycare hearth final week.
In regard to battery security particularly, Holden has one other invoice, Intro. 722, which might direct the FDNY to assessment battery security schooling and put together laws and suggestions yearly.
“Folks must be educated,” the councilman stated. “They should know methods to be protected and what to not do.” Holden stated it could possibly be warning labels, laws on the place and the way somebody can extra safely cost a motorcycle or scooter, and methods to cope with secondhand batteries, mismatched chargers and different threats.
“It will depend on what the Fireplace Division thinks is one of the best ways to coach folks,” he stated, including that the invoice is “growing older” and he’s assured of its eventual passage.