mindvirus Posted August 15, 2016 Share Posted August 15, 2016 Under New York State's laws, Electric Unicycles (and hoverboards, etc.) are considered motor vehicles in NYC. However they cannot be registered, and so there is always the risk of a fine for riding one. In practice, it seems that police don't care, but it would be nice to have them in law. I found a bill that was introduced to the New York State Senate to both define and legalize these devices. The language is pretty simple, giving a generous definition of an electric unicycle (<20mph top speed, < 27" in height) basically saying that these devices are not motor vehicles: https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2015/s6260 I have no idea how long it takes for a bill to make it through the system, but this one was introduced in January. It would be nice to get legislators to act - so if anyone knows what can be done to push this along, it would be good to hear. The current problem is with the definition of a motor vehicle (with the caveat - I am not a lawyer, just an enthusiast): Definition of Motor Vehicle VTL § 125: Every vehicle operated or driven upon a public highway which is propelled by any power other than muscular power, except (a) electrically-driven mobility assistance devices operated or driven by a person with a disability, (a-1) electric personal assistive mobility devices operated outside a city with a population of one million or more (b) vehicles which run only upon rails or tracks (c) snowmobiles as defined in article forty-seven of this chapter, and (d) all terrain vehicles as defined in article forty-eight-B of this chapter. For the purposes of title four of this chapter, the term motor vehicle shall exclude fire and police vehicles other than ambulances. For the purposes of titles four and five of this chapter the term motor vehicles shall exclude farm type tractors and all terrain type vehicles used exclusively for agricultural purposes, or for snow plowing, other than for hire, farm equipment, including self-propelled machines used exclusively in growing, harvesting or handling farm produce, and self-propelled caterpillar or crawler-type equipment while being operated on the contract site. - See more at: http://codes.findlaw.com/ny/vehicle-and-traffic-law/vat-sect-125.html#sthash.hEBuc7Ob.dpuf Since NYC has more than 1 million people, only (a) applies - but even outside of NYC, the definition of an Electric Personal Assistive Mobility Device doesn't apply to Electric Unicycles (since they have one wheel). And so EUCs are motor vehicles everywhere in the state. Definition of Electric Personal Assistive Mobility Device NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law 114-d Electric personal assistive mobility device. Every self-balancing, two non-tandem wheeled device designed to transport one person by means of an electric propulsion system with an average output of not more than seven hundred fifty watts (one horsepower), and the maximum speed of which on a paved level surface, when propelled solely by its electric propulsion system while ridden by an operator weighing one hundred seventy pounds, is less than twelve and one-half miles per hour. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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