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Congressman Sires Introduces Legislation to Research Unsafe Use of Electric Scooters

Dec 12, 2019
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Representative Albio Sires (D-NJ), a senior member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, introduced the Standardized Assessment for Electric (SAFE) Scooters Act to study nationwide instances on the unsafe use of electric scooters and recommend solutions.

The bill requires the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to study instances of the unsafe use of electric scooters. Reports from around the country have highlighted the fact that, although electric scooters are a useful asset to public transportation, many individuals unwisely operate electric scooters while under the influence of alcohol or operate them in a way that violates traffic laws and endanger themselves, pedestrians, and other motorists.

“Electric scooters are an innovation that has great promise and can help solve the first-mile, last-mile challenge that vexes public transportation planners. It also helps that they are affordable and accessible,” said Rep. Sires. “However, we must be sure that these scooters are being used responsibly and that there are clear guidelines governing their operation.”

The SAFE Scooters Act directs NHTSA to conduct its safety study 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. This bill will begin a responsible and inclusive process by which lawmakers can understand this emerging transportation technology.”

Text of the legislation can be found here.