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Congressman Adriano Espaillat weighs in on Revel suspending service in NYC

Posted at 8:55 AM, Jul 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-29 10:14:27-04

NEW YORK — Thousands of Revel mopeds are being taken off New York City streets.

The company announced it was suspending service following two deadly incidents.

Critics have been sounding the alarm on Revel since it launched in 2018, including Congressman Adriano Espaillat, who called out the moped-sharing company nearly two weeks ago after the first reported fatality.

Espaillat spoke to PIX11 about what the main issues were, who oversees the company in NYC and what it would take for him to support its return to the five boroughs.

The congressman said Revel took “responsible action” to come forward and take proper measures to address what is happening across the city.

When it comes to issues over seeing Revel on the streets, Espaillat said many people renting the mopeds were not following proper rules, including not using helmets, driving through stop lights and stop signs and driving on bike lanes.

There needs to be some level of training for anyone who rents the mopeds, according to the congressman.

As for who actually oversees the company, Espaillat said although the DMV licensed them, the City of New York can enforce regulations on the service.

Moving forward, to consider the service to return, Espaillat wants to see a task force established on Revel where they listen to communities across the city to ensure safety.

Espaillat also discussed a possible next round of stimulus checks for Americans and his thoughts on the president's actions regarding DACA.