Section 19-176.2. Motorized scooters  


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  • a. For purposes of this section, the
      term  "motorized  scooter"  shall  mean  any  wheeled  device  that  has
      handlebars  that is designed to be stood or sat upon by the operator, is
      powered by an electric motor or by a gasoline motor that is  capable  of
      propelling  the  device  without human power and is not capable of being
      registered with the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. For the
      purposes of this section, the term motorized scooter shall  not  include
      wheelchairs or other mobility aids designed for use by disabled persons,
      electric powered devices not capable of exceeding fifteen miles per hour
      or   "electric   personal   assistive   mobility   devices"  defined  as
      self-balancing, two non-tandem wheeled devices designed to transport one
      person by means of an electric propulsion system.
        b. No person shall operate a motorized scooter  in  the  city  of  New
      York.
        c.  Any  person  who  violates  subdivision b of this section shall be
      liable for a civil penalty  in  the  amount  of  five  hundred  dollars.
      Authorized  employees  of  the police department and department of parks
      and recreation shall have the authority to  enforce  the  provisions  of
      this  section. Such penalties shall be recovered in a civil action or in
      a proceeding commenced by the service of  a  notice  of  violation  that
      shall be returnable before the environmental control board. In addition,
      such  violation shall be a traffic infraction and shall be punishable in
      accordance with section eighteen hundred of the New York  state  vehicle
      and traffic law.
        d.  Any  motorized  scooter  that  has  been  used or is being used in
      violation of the provisions of this section may be impounded  and  shall
      not  be  released until any and all removal charges and storage fees and
      the applicable fines have been paid or a bond  has  been  posted  in  an
      amount satisfactory to the police commissioner.