NISKAYUNA – The Town Board will look to set a public hearing later this month regarding increasing its fee for impounding off-road vehicles following complaints from town residents.
Supervisor Yasmine Syed said she knows of at least six complaints regarding people riding dirt bikes.
“Our problem is not to the extent of the cities – Schenectady and Albany,” said Deputy Chief Michael Stevens after a Town Board meeting Tuesday evening.
He said many of the complaints come from the neighborhoods bordering the city, but couldn’t say whether it was people coming from the city and riding on Niskayuna roads.
He said the biggest issue is stopping the people on the vehicles, but once they are stopped they could end up paying a hefty fine.
The town is currently charging $170 for any impounded vehicle. If a vehicle has to be stored for more than three days, Stevens said he believes the vehicle owner is charged $30 per day. What exactly the fee increase will be was not available. However, Syed said she believes it would mirror that of the city of Schenectady, which raised its impound fee May 28 to $2,350.
Schenectady’s legislation, which mirrored Albany’s, also stated that a person found guilty of riding an all-terrain vehicle, off-highway motorcycle, dirt bikes, dune buggies, go-carts and all other trail bikes on city streets, highways, trails and in parks would be subject to an additional $500 fine or imprisonment of up to 15 days, or both.
The town has not indicated whether it would set a fine for unlawful use of such vehicles, but the measure was recommended by Interim Chief Fran Wall at the May Police and Public Safety meeting.
The Town Board meeting will be June 22 at 7 p.m.