By Gus Saltonstall
Nearly 20 illegal mopeds were seized and multiple bikes ticketed in a New York Police Department operation that targeted four locations on the Upper West Side, including two Humanitarian Emergency Response and Relief Centers for migrants.
During the Friday raid, police issued 15 parking summonses and seized a total of 18 unregistered mopeds, including one that had previously been stolen from East Midtown, NYPD said.
You must have a driver license and register your moped with New York State to drive one on streets and highways.
The confiscation of the vehicles took place following community complaints to local police precincts and 311, saying that illegal mopeds and bikes “were creating a public safety hazard.”
NYPD did not specify the type of “public safety hazard,” but, in the past, it involved vehicles being illegally chained to poles.
Friday’s raid took place at the following locations.
- 205 and 207 West 85th Street: Amsterdam Residence Hall Migrant Center
- 117 West 70th Street: Stratford Arms Hotel Migrant Center
- 100 Freedom Place: Affordable Housing Building
- 250 West 63rd Street: NYCHA Building
This is not the first time that police have seized vehicles at migrant shelters. Mopeds and bicycles were targeted near the Stratford Arms Hotel in August and September of last year, after members of the community complained about vehicles parked in the area.
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