senate Bill S5684
(D) 34th Senate District
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Vetoed by Governor
Relates to New York city omnibus safety requirements; defines terms; provides for the retrofitting of omnibuses with silent emergency alarms that are synchronized with existing bus GPS devices so that the location of such bus emitting the alarm is immediately known by the command center of the New York city transit authority.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the administrative code of the city of
New York, in relation to New York city transit omnibus safety
PURPOSE: To mandate a five (5) year transition in which all NYC
Transit and any of its subsidiaries operating buses within the city to
be retrofitted with a transparent, in whole or in part, partition of
sufficient. strength to protect bus drivers from assaults and other
illegal contact by passengers thereon. It also requires within a two
(2) year period that existing equipment be synchronized so that when
an emergency button is activated, the precise location of the bus is
indicated to the command center of the transit. authority by a GPS
device on the bus.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1. Sets forth a legislative intent.
Section 2. Adds a new section to title 10 of the NYC Administrative
Code, numbered 10-171 that contains a definition subdivision; a
subdivision requiring any new bus equipment operated by a transit
authority delivering mass transit surface services to be equipped with
a partition and synchronized alarm/GPS; a subdivision that requires
such transit authority to retrofit its existing fleet of buses within
five years on the partition and two years on the synchronized
Section 3. Sets forth an immediate effective date
JUSTIFICATION: Bus operators of buses on busy urban thoroughfares
necessarily have to concentrate on traffic and traffic control devices
outside of the vehicle. They cannot simultaneously be aware of threats
to their person by an assaulting passenger, or avoid dangerous health
exposure to unwanted threats presented by a spitting passenger or
other behavior by a belligerent patron. Many bus drivers are women and
are frequently subjected to humiliating and demeaning unwanted
touching of their persons by male passengers. Each year incidents of
this nature have been increasing and the NYC Transit. authority has
begun to slowly install protective partitions to deter misbehavior and
protect its employees. This bill would encourage and bring about a
quicker universal installation of such partitions.
Existing equipment on NYC Transit buses include a silent alarm
apparatus which conveys to the command center of the transit authority
that an emergency situation has arisen on the bus and also a CPS
device which can convey the precise location of the bus to such
center. Currently the two devices are not synchronized so that the
activated alarm does not also cause the CPS to convey the location of
the bus. There is a need to coordinate these two pieces of equipment
so that the response time by the transit authority and first
responders can be significantly shortened.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: It is expected that any additional costs would
be fully offset by savings from reduced workers compensation costs and
reduction in absences from work due to attacks on bus operators.
EFFECTIVE DATE: It shall take effect immediately
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