Finally the state of New York is granting to permission for electric scooter-sharing companies to operate in certain areas. Initially accepted by Albany (which has come to an agreement to remove the ban), the next step is for Governor Andrew Cuomo to legalize it for the rest of the state.
This new policy will have its limits. First, cities in New York will have the option to say yes or no to this so that localities will allow to make the decision themselves on how the vehicles are operated etc. Although the e-vehicles will be legal throughout the state, municipalities will have to give the last word on allowing a sharing service before it is launched.
All of this however does not apply to one borough – Manhattan – at least for now. those in that borough will have to continue to use: their own bikes, buses, cars, the Roosevelt Island Tram, the infamous subway system and taxis.