NYPD cancels dozens of e-bike summonses after city legalizes them: report

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New York City officially legalized e-bike use on Monday — and the NYPD has withdrawn or refunded dozens of tickets it doled out to their riders earlier this year, according to a report.

The City Council in June passed a package of legislation legalizing both e-bikes and e-scooters — with speed restrictions in place — that took effect on Monday.

As of Tuesday, the NYPD had “reversed or refunded all e-bike tickets adjudicated since ending its years-long crackdown on the devices in March,” the New York Post reported.

The department "has been... working closely with the courts to withdraw previously issued summonses for their mere operation in anticipation of the upcoming change in law,” NYPD Chief of Transportation Kim Royster said in a statement provided to the outlet.

In March, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that police would stop issuing summonses to e-bike and e-scooter riders to make travel easier for delivery workers as the COVID-19 pandemic raged.