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November 30, 2004 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
You may want to think again about sipping that third glass of wine or putting an electric scooter under the tree this year. California lawmakers have passed more than 150 changes to the vehicle code, some of which are designed to toughen drunk driving regulations, clean the air, prompt drivers to pay better attention to traffic signs and limit the use of motorized scooters. Most of the changes take effect Jan. 1.
October 1, 1987
Everyone knows the brutal efficiency of Los Angeles parking control personnel. We live in a crowded city and we cannot allow cars to park at whim. But what about motorcycles, and in particular, scooters? Believe it or not, those pesky scooters help this city's traffic problem more than all the traffic cops and ticket givers combined. Scooters don't block intersections, clog the freeways or cut people off (that would be pure folly!). How is it, then, that I have gotten several tickets for sliding into a legal parking spot (with money in the meter)
November 17, 2005
I read your interesting article on scooters ["Born to Be Styled," Nov. 10], particularly the Vespa brand. For some reason, scooters are synonymous with Vespa. I have been riding a Vespa for the last 35 years and I own a 1973 model. My children grew up riding this vehicle and, well, they are in your wonderful country today. The vehicle is simple, easy to ride and maneuver in Bangalore's crazy traffic. It is easy to park and get about your work without hunting for parking places. Finally, from a mileage and mechanical point of view, it is very reliable.
May 28, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
ZAP, a maker of battery-powered scooters and motorcycles that wants to sell electric autos, named its largest shareholder, Eqbal Yousuf, as chairman. Yousuf on June 2 will replace Chairman Gary Starr, who co-founded ZAP in 1994, the Santa Rosa, Calif.-based company said. The investor is president of Yousuf Group, a Dubai, United Arab Emirates-based company that includes auto retailing and rentals among its businesses.
May 17, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Police officers assigned to parks and beaches for the summer will get around on Segways, the motorized scooters once described as the first great invention of the 21st century. Patrol officers earlier used the two-wheeled vehicles in Central and Prospect parks on a trial basis, but they were recalled because they tended to fall over when the battery ran low. The problem has been fixed, and now the New York Police Department has spent $53,000 to buy 10 for use beginning today.
September 22, 1985
Your article (Times, Sept. 15) on motor scooters said nothing about the danger of riding one. Your photo of Ms. Robbins riding without a helmet only proves that she may be economical but not wise. I am a middle-aged professional who rode, with great pleasure, a Vespa for almost five years. Six months ago I took a spill which resulted in broken ribs and severe contusions. Had I not had a helmet on I doubt that I would be writing this letter today. A scooter is fun and indeed economical.
September 17, 1986 | GEORGE RAMOS, Times Staff Writer
Fed up with the parking tickets he had been getting lately, Marcus Vaughter walked into the Santa Monica Police Station early Tuesday and announced that he used a brick to smash the windshields of four parking-enforcement motor scooters parked outside, authorities said. Officers thanked Vaughter for his honesty and promptly placed him under arrest. Police Lt. Tom Mapes said Santa Monica police headquarters was quiet at 1:45 a.m.
September 22, 2004 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Three weeks after supporting a crackdown on gas-powered scooters, Los Angeles City Councilman Greig Smith was involved in an accident in which his car struck a 16-year-old on a motorized skateboard, fracturing the teen's leg, officials said Tuesday. A car Smith was driving hit the boy, whom police declined to identify because of his age, about 9 p.m. Monday in a Granada Hills neighborhood near the councilman's home, Los Angeles Police Department officials said.
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