Block Island Times

R.I. Supreme Court rules on mopeds

The Rhode Island Supreme Court issued its decision on April 18 on the appeal of the Town of New Shoreham in the case of Finnimore & Fisher Inc., doing business as Island Moped, et al. versus the Town of New Shoreham.The decision, written by Chief Justice Paul Suttell, finds that the Superior Court “justice did not err in her analysis and ultimate decision to grant in part the motion for preliminary injunction brought by the plaintiffs.”The case stems from changes made to the town ordinances governing moped operations in March, 2021 to alleviate some of the problems observed with mopeds. The “et al” in the case are the other moped rental businesses in town.One of the town’s amendments had to do with “hours of operation” for both renting and riding the mopeds. For rentals, the businesses would not be able to rent out mopeds between 9 and 10 a.m. For riders, the operational hours would change from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. to 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.The Superior Court judge had found that the amendment “‘is not fair and appropriate because the record is

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