ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON CONSUMER AFFAIRS AND PROTECTION
ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
SUBJECT: Impact of electric bikes and electric scooters, and the safety and consumer risks
associated with lithium-ion batteries
PURPOSE: To review the impact of e-bikes and e-scooters since their authorization, and
examine the safety and fire risks associated with lithium-ion batteries used in these modes of
Wednesday May 24, 2023 2:00 PM
Hearing Room C Legislative Office Building Albany, NY 12210
In 2020, New York State authorized the use of electric bicycles (“e-bikes”) and electric scooters
(“e-scooters”). Due to their compact size and low cost, e-bikes and e-scooters have become a
popular mode of transportation. Now that three years have passed since the enactment of this
law and given the increased market for e-bikes and e-scooters, the Assembly Standing
Committees on Consumer Affairs and Protection and Transportation seek to examine the effects
these devices have had on mobility, traffic congestion, and public safety. The Committees also
are interested in obtaining information on other factors and issues impacting e-bike and e-scooter
operation, such as cost, storage, charging, and roadway infrastructure.
The Assembly Standing Committees on Consumer Affairs and Protection and Transportation are
particularly interested in seeking testimony regarding the fire hazard associated with lithium-ion
batteries that power these e-micromobility devices.
Persons wishing to present pertinent testimony to the Committees at the above hearing should
complete and return the enclosed reply form as soon as possible. It is important that the reply
form be fully completed and returned so that persons may be notified in the event of emergency
postponement or cancellation.
Oral testimony will be limited to five (5) minutes. In preparing the order of witnesses, the
Committees will attempt to accommodate individual requests to speak at particular times in view
of special circumstances. These requests should be made on the attached reply form or
communicated to the staff as early as possible.
Ten copies of any prepared testimony should be submitted at the hearing registration desk. The
Committees would appreciate advance receipt of prepared statements.
Attendees and participants at any legislative public hearing should be aware that these
proceedings are video recorded. Their likenesses may be included in any video coverage shown
on television or the internet.
In order to further publicize these hearings, please inform interested parties and organizations of
the Committees’ interest in hearing testimony from all sources.
In order to meet the needs of those who may have a disability, the Assembly, in accordance with
its policy of non-discrimination on the basis of disability, as well as the 1990 Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA), have made facilities and services available to all individuals with
disabilities. For individuals with disabilities, accommodations will be provided, upon reasonable
request, to afford such individuals access and admission to Assembly facilities and activities.
Nily Rozic William B. Magnarelli
Member of Assembly Member of Assembly
Committee on Consumer Affairs Committee on Transportation
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