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Safety Standards for Powered Bicycles, PMDs and Batteries

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Rule status: Proposed

Agency: DCWP

Comment by date: October 16, 2023

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The Department of Consumer and Worker Protection is proposing to add rules to implement Local Law 39 of 2023. The rules will clarify the definition of an “accredited testing laboratory.”

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October 16, 2023
11:00am - 12:00pm EDT


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Online comments: 6

  • baruch herzfeld

    The term ‘accredited’ in the law, as currently written, is too vague. It doesn’t say what the criteria for being accredited is, or even where the lab has to be accredited. Conceivably, a bad actor could claim they are certified according to UL standards by a lab accredited in North Korea, with no way of verification of this accreditation.
    That being said, accreditation should not be used to keep new companies out of the market, by allowing a few select labs to charge prohibitive fees, or alternatively, add months or years to a product release cycle, because testing labs are backed up.
    Ideally, the DWCP should maintain an updated list of accredited labs, so potential vendors that want to service the NY market are not confused. Furthermore , the UL standards checklist should be published on the DWCP website. Vendors that want to service the NY market should not have to purchase standards for battery safety from an outside vendor.

    Comment added September 18, 2023 8:08pm
  • Gabriel Centeno

    These scooters and e-bikes need to be more strictly regulated, they are ruining the NYC pedestrian and normal bike rider daily life.

    Comment added September 19, 2023 9:23am
  • Virginie Niedermayer

    I agree that battery safety standards are a good idea, especially given the recent fires in apartment building caused by them.
    As a pedestrian, however, I am more interested in tightening road rules and ticketing for bicycles (whether electric or not) and scooters. They drive through red lights, on sidewalks and against the traffic, endangering the lives of countless people.

    Comment added September 21, 2023 1:32pm
  • Batur Oktay

    Attached are the comments of Rad Power Bikes, Inc.

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    Comment added September 21, 2023 4:38pm
  • Ron Wisniski

    These rules solve nothing. All battery powered bikes and scooters etc. should be BANNED from NYC streets. The danger is real and absolutely nothing is being done about the chaos on our streets. The only bikes allowed should be of the pedal variety. The Mayor and NYPD MUST ENFORCE TRAFFIC LAWS and write tickets with fines for riding on sidewalks, going the wrong way in bike lanes etc. Every day our streets become more chaotic and dangerous.

    Comment added September 22, 2023 7:29am
  • Humayun Zia

    These electric bikes and scooters should be banned and nypd has to step down by writing this tickets with fines whoever is riding against the pediatrician and traffic. They are very dangerous for the people who are moving in NYC traffic

    Comment added September 22, 2023 1:10pm