senate Bill S2372A

Provides a toll exemption for certain ambulance services

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 19 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 26 / Mar / 2012
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 26 / Mar / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 2372A
  • 05 / Jun / 2012
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE

Summary

Exempts ambulance services from tolls on any highway, bridge, tunnel or other toll on toll roads within the state at any time.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9141A
Versions:
S2372
S2372A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Public Authorities Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง378-a, Pub Auth L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S4469, A8098

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BILL NUMBER:S2372A

TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation to exemption
of emergency service vehicles from thruway tolls

PURPOSE:
The purpose of the legislation is to exempt both commercial and
voluntary ambulance services from paying tolls on the New York State
Thruway.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section one: amends section 378-a of the public authorities law to
authorize refunds for tolls on the New York State Thruway to a
commercial ambulance service or a voluntary ambulance service,
extending refunds to both emergency operations and the return route
from such service.

Section two: provides the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:
In many parts of the state, the New York State Thruway is the fastest
and most direct route for ambulances to travel, not only to
emergencies but also to local health care facilities. Ambulance
services are struggling with increased costs, the declining economy,
and inadequate Medicaid reimbursement. To require ambulance services
to pay for Thruway tolls only exacerbates this problem, and often
results in the patient being forced to pay for the added costs.

Section 378-a of the public authorities law directs the New York State
Thruway to provide refunds for tolls to ambulance and fire vehicles in
an emergency operation. This bill would extend refunds for the return
routes of ambulance services and fire vehicles and expands ambulance
services to include voluntary ambulance services.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
S.4469 of 2009-10

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect June 1, 2012.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 2372--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 19, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. SEWARD, BONACIC, CARLUCCI, LARKIN, MAZIARZ, RANZEN-
  HOFER, YOUNG -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be
  committed to the Committee on Transportation  --  recommitted  to  the
  Committee  on  Transportation in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8
  -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered  reprinted  as  amended
  and recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation to exemption of
  emergency service vehicles from thruway tolls

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Subdivision  1 of section 378-a of the public authorities
law, as added by chapter 23 of the laws of 2010, is amended to  read  as
follows:
  1.  The  authority  is hereby authorized and directed to issue refunds
for tolls incurred by [ambulances] AMBULANCE SERVICE  or  fire  vehicles
engaged  in  an emergency operation, or, at the option of the authority,
to issue emergency services permits for use  by  [ambulances]  AMBULANCE
SERVICE  and  fire  vehicles which shall provide for travel at no charge
between interchanges and barriers while such vehicles are engaged in  an
emergency  operation.  For  purposes  of  this section, the term ["ambu-
lance"] "AMBULANCE SERVICE" shall have the same meaning as such term  is
defined by [section one hundred-b of the vehicle and traffic law] SUBDI-
VISION  TWO  OR THREE OF SECTION THREE THOUSAND ONE OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH
LAW, the term "fire vehicle" shall have the same meaning as such term is
defined by section one hundred fifteen-a of the vehicle and traffic law,
and the term "emergency operation" shall have the same meaning  as  such
term  is  defined  by  section one hundred fourteen-b of the vehicle and
traffic law, BUT FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION SHALL INCLUDE  RETURN-
ING FROM SUCH SERVICE.  In any rules and regulations promulgated for the
implementation  of this section, the authority may establish the type of
documentation or other proof  satisfactory  to  the  authority  that  an

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05835-02-2

S. 2372--A                          2

[ambulance] AMBULANCE SERVICE or fire vehicle was engaged in an emergen-
cy operation at the time a toll was incurred.
  S  2.  This  act  shall  take  effect on the same date and in the same
manner as chapter 23 of the laws of 2010, takes effect.

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