senate Bill S5907

Amended

Requires the use of seatbelts by passengers in taxicabs and for-hire vehicles in the city of New York

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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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  • 26 / Jun / 2013
    • REFERRED TO RULES
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO CITIES
  • 27 / Jan / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO CITIES
  • 27 / Jan / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 5907A

Summary

Requires the use of seatbelts by passengers in taxicabs and for-hire vehicles in the city of New York; also requires operators to display a notice informing passengers of such requirement.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S5907
S5907A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Cities
Law Section:
New York City Administrative Code
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง19-529, NYC Ad Cd

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BILL NUMBER:S5907

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the administrative code of the city of
New York, in relation to requiring the use of seatbelts by passengers
in taxicabs and for-hire vehicles in the city of New York and
requiring operators to display a notice informing passengers of such
requirement

Requires the use of seatbelts by passengers in taxicabs and for-hire
vehicles in the city of New York

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section One of the bill amends Section 19-529 of the administrative
code of the city of New York by adding two new subdivisions (e) and
(f) to state that every taxicab and for-hire vehicle shall display a
notice within the taxicab or for-hire vehicle which states in
conspicuous lettering of at least seventy-two point boldface type:

NEW YORK STATE LAW REQUIRES ALL PASSENGERS TO BE RESTRAINED BY
SEAT AND/OR SHOULDER BELT SYSTEMS

Such sign shall be placed in an upright position and in a conspicuous
place where it can easily be read by the passengers in the taxicab or
for-hire vehicle.

Any taxicab or for-hire vehicle which violates the provisions of this
subdivision shall be subject to a civil penalty, not to exceed one
hundred dollars for each day of violation.

All passengers in a taxicab or for-hire vehicle shall be restrained by
a safety belt approved by the commissioner. Any person who violates
the provisions of this subdivision shall be punished by a civil fine
of up to fifty dollars.

The provisions of this subdivision shall not apply to a passenger with
a physically disabling condition whose physical disability would
prevent appropriate restraint in such safety seat or safety belt
provided, however, such condition is duly certified by a physician who
shall state the nature of the handicap, as well as the reason such
restraint is inappropriate.

EXISTING LAW:. New law

JUSTIFICATION: Seat belts save lives and help prevent serious
injuries in a traffic crash. This is why New York State requires seat
belt use in motor vehicles.

A law enforcement officer can issue a traffic ticket for the failure
to wear a seat belt.

New York State's occupant restraint law requires the passengers in the
front seat, the driver and each passenger must wear a seat belt, one
person per belt The driver and front-seat passengers aged 16 or older
can be fined up to $50 each for failure to buckle up. Further, every
occupant, regardless of age or seating position, of a motor vehicle
being operated by the holder of a Class-DJ Learner Permit, a Limited


Class-DJ, or Class-DJ Driver License must be restrained by a safety
restraint.

Inexplicably, New York State exempts seat belt use for passengers in
taxis or for-hire vehicles. The damage and trauma of a passenger not
wearing a seatbelt in a taxi or for-hire vehicle during an accident is
exactly the same as those passengers hurt while riding in any other
type of motor vehicle.

This legislation requires taxis and for-hire vehicles to comply with
New York's seatbelt mandate.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                  5907

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 26, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. HOYLMAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules

AN ACT to amend the administrative code of the  city  of  New  York,  in
  relation  to  requiring the use of seatbelts by passengers in taxicabs
  and for-hire vehicles in the city of New York and requiring  operators
  to display a notice informing passengers of such requirement

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

  Section 1. Section 19-529 of the administrative code of  the  city  of
New  York  is  amended by adding two new subdivisions e and f to read as
follows:
  E. (1) EVERY TAXICAB AND FOR-HIRE VEHICLE SHALL DISPLAY A NOTICE WITH-
IN THE TAXICAB OR FOR-HIRE VEHICLE WHICH STATES IN CONSPICUOUS LETTERING
OF AT LEAST SEVENTY-TWO POINT BOLDFACE TYPE:
            NEW YORK STATE LAW REQUIRES ALL PASSENGERS TO BE
            RESTRAINED BY SEAT AND/OR SHOULDER BELT SYSTEMS.
  (2) SUCH SIGN SHALL BE PLACED IN AN UPRIGHT POSITION AND IN A CONSPIC-
UOUS PLACE WHERE IT CAN EASILY BE READ BY THE PASSENGERS IN THE  TAXICAB
OR FOR-HIRE VEHICLE.
  (3)  ANY  TAXICAB OR FOR-HIRE VEHICLE WHICH VIOLATES THE PROVISIONS OF
THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL BE SUBJECT TO A CIVIL PENALTY, NOT TO EXCEED  ONE
HUNDRED DOLLARS FOR EACH DAY OF VIOLATION.
  F.  (1)  ALL  PASSENGERS  IN  A  TAXICAB  OR FOR-HIRE VEHICLE SHALL BE
RESTRAINED BY A SAFETY BELT APPROVED BY THE COMMISSIONER. ANY PERSON WHO
VIOLATES THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL BE PUNISHED BY A CIVIL
FINE OF UP TO FIFTY DOLLARS.
  (2) THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL NOT APPLY TO A  PASSENGER
WITH  A  PHYSICALLY  DISABLING CONDITION WHOSE PHYSICAL DISABILITY WOULD
PREVENT APPROPRIATE  RESTRAINT  IN  SUCH  SAFETY  SEAT  OR  SAFETY  BELT
PROVIDED,  HOWEVER,  SUCH CONDITION IS DULY CERTIFIED BY A PHYSICIAN WHO
SHALL STATE THE NATURE OF THE HANDICAP,  AS  WELL  AS  THE  REASON  SUCH
RESTRAINT IS INAPPROPRIATE.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD11368-02-3

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