Congressman Sires’ Bill Researching Unsafe Use of Electric Scooters is Cosponsored by the New Jersey Delegation on the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee
(Washington, D.C.) – In December 2019, Representative Albio Sires (D-NJ), a senior member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, introduced H.R. 5426, the Standardized Assessment for Electric (SAFE) Scooters Act, to study nationwide instances on the unsafe use of electric scooters and to recommend solutions.
Now Representatives Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) and Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) are cosponsors of the bill, rounding out support from the New Jersey delegation on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The bill requires the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to study instances of the unsafe use of electric scooters over a 12-month period. Once the study is completed. NHTSA must submit to Congress a report containing federal, state, and local policy recommendations based on its findings.
“If NHTSA finds that many individuals are breaking the law with their electric scooter use, local, state, and the federal officials should act,” said Rep. Sires. “This bill will begin a responsible and inclusive process by which lawmakers can understand this emerging transportation technology.”