Dec. 28, 2015 By Michael Florio
State Senator Jose Peralta is looking to legalize and regulate hoverboards.
Peralta, along with Councilman Andy King from the Bronx, will hold a news conference on the steps of City Hall tomorrow, to discuss legislation that would legalize the popular self-balancing scooter known as a hoverboard.
The hoverboard is prohibited from use in New York City because they are considered to be a motorized vehicle that cannot be registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
Peralta told the Daily News earlier this month that the city is doing this to make money from fines.
“This is all about raising money and increasing their ticket quotas,” he told the Daily News earlier this month. “It’s completely unnecessary.”
“Talk to me about delivery food scooters and other things we should be addressing,” he added. “But a hoverboard that goes less than 8 mph? It’s
Under Peralta’s bill the hoverboard would not be considered a motorized vehicle.
“There is no evidence to suggest that an all-out ban on hoverboards is in the public interest,” Peralta said in a statement.
“Commonsense dictates that safety regulations promulgated by the State or its municipal subdivisions, and specifically tailored to the address both the benefit and harm of this technology, is the logical next step forward.”