City Council To Vote On Ban On Mini Motorcycles
09/23/2004 08:56 AM
A City Council committee Thursday approved a bill to ban the sale and operation of miniature motorcycles.
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It is already illegal to ride the so-called pocket rockets — which can reach speeds of up to 40 miles per hour and sit 10 inches closer to the ground than regular motorcycles — on New York City’s streets, but that hasn’t stopped many people from riding them. Because they're sold as toys, for about $$200, the bikes don't need to be registered with the state's Motor Vehicles Department, and riders don't need a license or a helmet.
The Council’s Transportation Committee voted unanimously on Thursday to send the measure to the full Council. The bill also includes a ban on motorized stand-up scooters.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, however, does not support the legislation.
“Unfortunately a death did, in fact, occur this past July in Queens,” said Councilman Michael McMahon. “Despite that and despite the common sense nature of our approach of banning the sale and use and operation of these mini scooters and pocket rockets in the city of New York, for some reason the administration continues to oppose this initiative. What we heard this morning was because they are afraid it will affect business.”
Two months ago, a 19-year-old was killed on a mini bike after he lost control and crashed while being pursued by police.