CBS reports that a congressman is calling for New York City officials to suspend the use of Revel scooters after a crash left a man in critical condition and killed a beloved local news figure.
Representative Adriano Espaillat says that some of his constituents have been involved in Revel-related accidents and believes that the company is “notorious for its lackadaisical requirements, user training, and compliance.”
The scooters have proven to be popular with residents, with 3,000 active within the city. However, people are taking risks with the scooters. 2,000 riders were suspended by the company in the past six weeks for breaking safety rules. This call will add more pressure to the company to do more to ensure user safety.
Espaillat wants the Revel company operations suspended by the New York Department of Motor Vehicles until the company can update its regulations, training, and safety measures. His demand is quite understandable given the features of the scooter.
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The scooters have a top speed of 30 mph. Under New York law, this means that you only need a standard driver’s license to operate one instead of a motorcycle license. So far, statistics indicate that there have been 25 collisions involving the scooters from Jan 1 through July 5 of this year, despite the safety procedures that the company has deployed.
The company requires riders to wear one of the two helmets provided with the scooter. However, many believe that providing a helmet alone is not enough. Hopefully, the company can implement procedures and training that will satisfy the congressman and ensure the safety of its users.