assembly Bill A8478A

Amended

Authorizes the city of New York to establish speed limits throughout the city at not less than twenty-five miles per hour and at not less than twenty miles per hour on certain designated highways

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O'DONNELL

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 16 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 03 / Mar / 2014
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 03 / Mar / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 8478A
  • 14 / May / 2014
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 14 / May / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 8478B

Summary

Authorizes the city of New York to establish speed limits throughout the city at not less than twenty-five miles per hour and not less than twenty miles per hour on or along certain designated highways.

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Bill Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S6496A
Versions:
A8478
A8478A
A8478B
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Assembly Transportation
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §1642, V & T L; amd §19-177, NYC Ad Cd
Versions Introduced in 2013-2014 Legislative Cycle:
S6496A
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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
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                                 8478--A

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            January 16, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced by M. of A. O'DONNELL, MOSLEY, JACOBS, ROSA, DAVILA, SIMOTAS,
  GOTTFRIED,  ROBINSON,  MILLMAN -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. COOK,
  JAFFEE, PERRY, RIVERA -- read once and referred 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 and the administrative  code
  of  the  city  of New York, in relation to reducing the speed limit in
  the city of New York to twenty miles per hour

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

  Section  1.  Paragraph  26  of  subdivision (a) of section 1642 of the
vehicle and traffic law is renumbered paragraph 27 and a  new  paragraph
26 is added to read as follows:
  26.  WITH  RESPECT  TO  HIGHWAYS  (WHICH TERM FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS
PARAGRAPH SHALL INCLUDE PRIVATE ROADS OPEN TO PUBLIC MOTOR VEHICLE TRAF-
FIC) IN SUCH CITY, OTHER THAN STATE HIGHWAYS MAINTAINED BY THE STATE  ON
WHICH  THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SHALL HAVE ESTABLISHED HIGHER OR
LOWER SPEED LIMITS THAN THE STATUTORY FIFTY-FIVE MILES  PER  HOUR  SPEED
LIMIT AS PROVIDED IN SECTION SIXTEEN HUNDRED TWENTY OF THIS TITLE, OR ON
WHICH  THE  DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SHALL HAVE DESIGNATED THAT SUCH
CITY SHALL NOT ESTABLISH ANY MAXIMUM SPEED LIMIT AS PROVIDED IN  SECTION
SIXTEEN  HUNDRED  TWENTY-FOUR  OF THIS TITLE, SUBJECT TO THE LIMITATIONS
IMPOSED BY SECTION SIXTEEN HUNDRED EIGHTY-FOUR OF THIS TITLE,  ESTABLISH
MAXIMUM  SPEED  LIMITS AT WHICH VEHICLES MAY PROCEED WITHIN SUCH CITY OR
WITHIN DESIGNATED AREAS OF SUCH CITY HIGHER OR LOWER THAN THE FIFTY-FIVE
MILES PER HOUR MAXIMUM STATUTORY LIMIT. NO SUCH SPEED  LIMIT  APPLICABLE
THROUGHOUT  SUCH  CITY  OR WITHIN DESIGNATED AREAS OF SUCH CITY SHALL BE
ESTABLISHED AT LESS THAN TWENTY MILES PER HOUR.
  S 2. Paragraph 27 of subdivision (a) of section 1642  of  the  vehicle
and  traffic  law,  as  added  by chapter 499 of the laws of 1999 and as
renumbered by section one of this act, is amended to read as follows:
  27. (a) Establishment of  maximum  speed  limits  below  [twenty-five]
TWENTY  miles  per  hour at which motor vehicles may proceed on or along
designated highways within such city for the explicit purpose of  imple-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13595-04-4

A. 8478--A                          2

menting  traffic  calming  measures  as  such  term  is  defined herein;
provided, however, that no speed limit shall be set below fifteen  miles
per  hour  nor  shall  such speed limit be established where the traffic
calming  measure  to be implemented consists solely of a traffic control
sign.  Establishment of such a speed limit shall, where  applicable,  be
in  compliance  with  the provisions of sections sixteen hundred twenty-
four and sixteen hundred eighty-four of this chapter. Nothing  contained
herein  shall  be  deemed to alter or affect the establishment of school
speed limits pursuant to  the  provisions  of  section  sixteen  hundred
forty-three  of this article. For the purposes of this paragraph, "traf-
fic calming measures" shall mean any  physical  engineering  measure  or
measures  that  reduce  the negative effects of motor vehicle use, alter
driver behavior and improve conditions for  non-motorized  street  users
such as pedestrians and bicyclists.
  (b)  Any  city  establishing  maximum speed limits below [twenty-five]
TWENTY miles per hour pursuant to clause (i) of this subparagraph  shall
submit  a  report to the governor, the temporary president of the senate
and the speaker of the assembly on or before March first,  two  thousand
[two]  FIFTEEN AND BIANNUALLY THEREAFTER on the results of using traffic
calming measures and speed limits lower than [twenty-five] TWENTY  miles
per hour as authorized by this paragraph. Such report shall include, but
not be limited to the following:
  (i)  a  description  of  the designated highways where traffic calming
measures and a lower speed limit were established and
  (ii) a description of the specific traffic calming measures  used  and
the maximum speed limit established.
  S 3. Subdivision a of section 19-177 of the administrative code of the
city of New York, as added by local law number 6 of the city of New York
for the year 1996, is amended to read as follows:
  a.  The  official  speed  limit  for a vehicle in the city of New York
shall be [thirty] TWENTY miles per hour [except where] UNLESS SUCH  CITY
BY  LAW DETERMINES A DIFFERENT OFFICIAL SPEED LIMIT IS APPROPRIATE OR an
official sign indicates that a different speed limit is in effect.
  S 4. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day  after  it  shall
have become a law.

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