senate Bill S4488A

Relates to signs on school buses

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  • 06 / Apr / 2011
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 13 / Apr / 2011
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 13 / Apr / 2011
    • PRINT NUMBER 4488A
  • 03 / May / 2011
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.515
  • 04 / May / 2011
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 09 / May / 2011
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 16 / Jun / 2011
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 16 / Jun / 2011
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
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  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
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  • 04 / Jan / 2012
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  • 23 / Jan / 2012
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.117
  • 24 / Jan / 2012
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  • 30 / Jan / 2012
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  • 06 / Feb / 2012
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Summary

Relates to signs on school buses; authorizes the commissioner of motor vehicles to promulgate any necessary rules and regulations.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8174
Versions:
S4488
S4488A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Assembly Transportation
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §375, V & T L

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S4488A

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to signs on school
buses

PURPOSE:
To allow school bus signs, that are currently required to be
illuminated, to be constructed with reflectorized TYPE III material.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 allows the required two "SCHOOL BUS" signs displayed on
school buses to be constructed with the reflectorized TYPE III
material. Additionally, this section states that the reflectorized
signs do not need to be illuminated during the period between
one-half hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise.

Section 2 effective date.

EXISTING LAW:
Current law mandates two signs shall be conspicuously
displayed designating an omnibus as a school bus by the use of the
words "SCHOOL BUS" and creates standards for the size and color of
the text.
Additionally, current law requires that these signs be illuminated
one-half hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise.

JUSTIFICATION:
Advancements in technology has made the illuminated
sign requirement on school buses obsolete. Existing technology for
Type III photo reflectorized coatings and graphics similar to those
used on traffic signs will allow for signs to be made economically,
with industry-standard materials and offer advantages beyond the
illuminated signs.

The current required illuminated signs are more expensive, both
initially and to maintain. The lights require additional wiring and
are no longer a standard item for manufacturers - New York is one of
only two states (Maine) that require this feature. Additionally,
these lights accumulate snow and ice and are often times found to be
the source of water leaks and leading to structural corrosion. Both
of these negative externalities can now be avoided with the use of
reflectorized coatings and graphics.

This technology will also allows the text to conform to the curved
shape of the bus design maintaining adequate visibility while
slightly improving aerodynamics.

The incorporation of photo-reflective materials, for the "SCHOOL BUS"
signs will enhance safety, while lowering purchasing and operating
costs for school districts.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2009-2010 - S.8213 Third Reading Calendar


FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Estimated cost savings to school districts by
reducing the costs of new buses and bus maintenance.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the one hundred and
twentieth day after it shall have become law.

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

                                 4488--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              April 6, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  FUSCHILLO, DILAN, DeFRANCISCO, ESPAILLAT, GRIFFO,
  JOHNSON, LARKIN, MAZIARZ, OPPENHEIMER, PERKINS, RANZENHOFER,  SAMPSON,
  STAVISKY  --  read  twice  and ordered printed, and when printed to be
  committed to the Committee on Transportation -- committee  discharged,
  bill  amended,  ordered  reprinted  as amended and recommitted to said
  committee

AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in  relation  to  signs  on
  school buses

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

  Section 1. Subparagraph 1 of paragraph (b) and paragraph (c) of subdi-
vision 20 of section 375 of the vehicle and traffic law, subparagraph  1
of paragraph (b) as amended by chapter 242 of the laws of 1992 and para-
graph  (c) as amended by chapter 96 of the laws of 1973, are amended and
a new subparagraph (1-a) is added to paragraph (b) to read as follows:
  (1) In addition to such signal lamps, two signs shall be conspicuously
displayed on the exterior of every such  omnibus  designating  it  as  a
school  omnibus  by  the  use  of  the words "SCHOOL BUS" which shall be
painted or otherwise inscribed thereon in black letters.   Such  letters
shall  be  of  uniform  size,  at least eight inches in height, and each
stroke of each letter shall be not less than one inch  in  width.    The
background  of  each  such sign shall be painted OR OTHERWISE APPLIED IN
the color known as "national school bus chrome." For each  such  omnibus
having  a  seating  capacity  in  excess of fifteen children, such signs
shall be securely mounted on top of such vehicle, one of which shall  be
affixed  on the front and one on the rear thereof. For each such omnibus
having a seating capacity of not more than fifteen children, such  signs
shall  be  securely  mounted  on top of such vehicle, one of which shall
face the front and one of which shall face the rear thereof.  Each  such
sign  shall  be  visible  and readable from a point at least two hundred
feet distant.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD03022-05-1

S. 4488--A                          2

  (1-A) ANY SIGN REQUIRED PURSUANT TO SUBPARAGRAPH ONE OF THIS PARAGRAPH
MAY BE CONSTRUCTED WITH REFLECTORIZED TYPE III MATERIAL CONSISTENT  WITH
49 CFR 571.131 S6.1 TABLE 1.
  (c)  In  the event such vehicle is operated on a public highway during
the period between one-half hour after sunset and one-half  hour  before
sunrise,  the  signs required by paragraph (b) of this subdivision shall
be illuminated as to be visible from a point at least five hundred  feet
distant, PROVIDED HOWEVER THAT IF A MATERIAL IS USED PURSUANT TO SUBPAR-
AGRAPH  ONE-A OF PARAGRAPH (B) OF THIS SUBDIVISION, NO SUCH ILLUMINATION
SHALL BE REQUIRED.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the  commissioner  of
motor vehicles is authorized to promulgate any necessary rules and regu-
lations for the implementation of this act.

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