BROOKLYN (VINnews/Sandy Eller) – Citing multiple reports of serious and even life-threatening injuries, the Central Rabbinical Congress of the U.S.A. and Canada, also known as the Hisachdus Harabonim, issued a public statement today banning the use of e-scooters.
In their statement, the board of rabbis said that they had been approached by respected members of the medical field to discuss the ongoing hazards of electric scooters, which have become increasingly popular in recent months. After looking into the matter, the Central Rabbinical Congress determined that scooters are prohibited by Jewish law, as is any other object that poses a danger to human life.
Warning parents that allowing their children to use e-scooters is a very serious wrongdoing, the rabbis offered words of praise to those who follow their ruling, adding, “those who heed our words will live securely and be blessed with an abundance of goodness.” The rabbis also made their followers responsible to admonish e-scooters users in their communities.
State Senator Simcha Felder bemoaned the use of e-scooters last spring, as previously reported on VIN News. Felder’s words came eleven months after Revel, a ride-sharing scooter service that had been operating in New York City, suspended its local operations after two fatal crashes that took place just seven days apart.
“The streets of NYC have become the wild, wild west,” said Felder. “The de Blasio administration has allowed a growing number of completely unregulated bicycles, e-bikes, electric scooters and dirt bikes/ATVs on our city streets and the results are proving deadly. Vision Zero has become zero vision.
Felder introduced legislation in the Senate that would have required electric bicycle and scooter riders in New York City to be licensed and to have state-issued license plate on their bikes. Riders would have been required to wear helmets under the legislation, which was referred to the Senate’s Rules committee but never made it to the Senate floor for a vote.