Beginning in early January, the NYPD will begin testing four Vectrix electric maxi-scooters. The vehicles will be used for regular patrols in parks, traffic enforcement and during the department’s controversial policing of rallies and protests.
The NYPD already uses a fleet of 400 gasoline-powered scooters for duties ranging from ticketing illegal parkers to cracking down on the monthly Critical Mass bicycle rally.
The city hopes that the new zero-emissions scooters will help present a
more friendly, environmentally responsible face for the force, which is
known for its harsh enforcement tactics and intolerance. Officers are hoping the ultra-quiet scooters help them sneak up on bad guys.
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