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Congressman Sires Introduces Legislation to Research Unsafe Use of Electric Scooters

Jan 25, 2021
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Last week, Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ) reintroduced the Standardized Assessment for Electric (SAFE) Scooters Act to study nationwide instances on the unsafe use of electric scooters and recommend solutions.

The bill, H.R. 424, requires the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to study instances of the unsafe use of electric scooters. Many reports around the country have highlighted that, while scooters contribute to public transportation in positive ways, there are however, many individuals who unwisely operate electric scooters while under the influence of alcohol or in a way that violates traffic laws. This endangers both themselves, pedestrians, and other motorists.

“Electric scooters have great promise as another mode of public transportation being both accessible and affordable,” said Rep. Sires. “However, we must ensure they are being used responsibly around our communities, and make sure there are clear guidelines in place governing their operation. If NHTSA finds that many individuals are breaking the law with their unsafe electric scooter use, local, state, and federal officials should act. I believe this bill will start a responsible and inclusive process by which lawmakers can understand this innovative transportation technology and ensure the safety of their constituents.”

The SAFE Scooters Act directs NHTSA to conduct its safety study over a 12-month period. Once the study is complete, NHTSA must submit a report to Congress outlining federal, state, and local policy recommendations based on its findings.