senate Bill S6143A

Adds a bicycle and pedestrian safety component to the pre-licensing drivers education course

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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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  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 03 / Jun / 2014
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.1182
  • 09 / Jun / 2014
    • AMENDED 6143A
  • 09 / Jun / 2014
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 10 / Jun / 2014
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 18 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 18 / Jun / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 18 / Jun / 2014
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION

Summary

Adds a bicycle and pedestrian safety component to the pre-licensing driver's education course.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4194A
Versions:
S6143
S6143A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Assembly Transportation
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง502, V & T L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: A7653, S3598, A7653
2009-2010: S8487

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BILL NUMBER:S6143A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation
to adding a bicycle and pedestrian safety component to the pre-licensing
driver's education course

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this bill is to instruct drivers of New York State on
situations that may be faced when sharing the road with cyclist, pedes-
trians and others that drivers come across on a regular basis.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section one amends paragraphs (b) and (d) of subdivision 4 of section
502 of the vehicle and traffic law and a new paragraph (c-3) is added.

Section two provides that this act shall take effect 90 days after it
shall have become law.

EXISTING LAW:

None.

JUSTIFICATION:

VTL Section 502 mandates that prospective drivers take a pre-licensing
course, and various subjects are covered during the session. However,
there has been a dramatic increase in the number of bicycles on the
road; some estimates put the number of riders at more than 200,000
daily. It is imperative that the regulations governing the licensing of
NYS drivers reflect this fact. This legislation would specifically
require the pre-licensing course to cover bicycle safety, as well as
other non-motorized vehicles, and ensure future motorists are better
able to share the road.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

Similar to:

2013: S.2972 - Referred to Transportation
2011-2: S.3598-A - Referred to Transportation
2012: A.7653 - Referred to Transportation
2010: S.8487 - Referred to in Rules

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect 90 days after it shall have become law.

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

                                 6143--A
    Cal. No. 1182

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 8, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  GOLDEN, HOYLMAN, O'MARA -- read twice and ordered
  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on  Trans-
  portation  -- reported favorably from said committee, ordered to first
  report, amended on first  report,  ordered  to  a  second  report  and
  ordered reprinted, retaining its place in the order of second report

AN  ACT  to  amend  the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to adding a
  bicycle and pedestrian safety component to the pre-licensing  driver's
  education course

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

  Section 1. Subparagraph (i) of paragraph (a) and  paragraphs  (b)  and
(d)  of  subdivision  4  of  section 502 of the vehicle and traffic law,
subparagraph (i) of paragraph (a) as amended by chapter 458 of the  laws
of 2011 and paragraphs (b) and (d) as amended by chapter 585 of the laws
of  2002,  are  amended  and  a  new paragraph (c-3) is added to read as
follows:
  (i) Upon submission of an application  for  a  driver's  license,  the
applicant  shall be required to take and pass a test, or submit evidence
of passage of a test, with respect to the laws relating to traffic,  the
laws  relating to driving while ability is impaired and while intoxicat-
ed, under the overpowering influence of "Road Rage", or "Work Zone Safe-
ty" awareness as defined by the commissioner, the law relating to  exer-
cising  due  care  to avoid colliding with a parked, stopped or standing
authorized emergency vehicle or hazard vehicle pursuant to section elev-
en hundred forty-four-a of this chapter, the ability to read and compre-
hend traffic signs and symbols, BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN SAFETY, and  such
other  matters  as the commissioner may prescribe, and to satisfactorily
complete a course prescribed by the commissioner of not less  than  four
hours  and  not  more  than  five  hours, consisting of classroom driver
training and highway safety instruction or the equivalent thereof.  Such
test  shall  include  at  least  seven  written questions concerning the
effects of consumption of alcohol or drugs on the ability of a person to
operate a motor vehicle and the legal and financial consequences result-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02872-03-4

S. 6143--A                          2

ing from violations of section eleven hundred ninety-two of  this  chap-
ter, prohibiting the operation of a motor vehicle while under the influ-
ence  of  alcohol  or drugs. Such test shall include one or more written
questions concerning the devastating effects of "Road Rage" on the abil-
ity  of  a person to operate a motor vehicle and the legal and financial
consequences resulting from assaulting, threatening or interfering  with
the  lawful  conduct  of  another person legally using the roadway. Such
test shall include  one  or  more  questions  concerning  the  potential
dangers  to persons and equipment resulting from the unsafe operation of
a motor vehicle in a work zone. Such test may include one or more  ques-
tions concerning the law for exercising due care to avoid colliding with
a  parked,  stopped  or  standing authorized emergency vehicle or hazard
vehicle pursuant to section eleven hundred forty-four-a of this chapter.
SUCH TEST SHALL INCLUDE ONE OR MORE  QUESTIONS  CONCERNING  BICYCLE  AND
PEDESTRIAN  SAFETY. Such test shall be administered by the commissioner.
The commissioner shall cause the applicant to take a vision test  and  a
test  for color blindness. Upon passage of the vision test, the applica-
tion may be accepted and the application fee shall be payable.
  (b) Upon successful completion of the requirements set forth in  para-
graph  (a)  of  this subdivision which shall include an alcohol and drug
education component as described in paragraph (c) of this subdivision, a
"Road Rage" awareness component as described in paragraph (c-1) of  this
subdivision [and], a "Work Zone Safety" awareness component as described
in  paragraph  (c-2)  of this subdivision, AND A "BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN
SAFETY" COMPONENT AS DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH (C-3) OF  THIS  SUBDIVISION,
the  commissioner  shall  cause  the  applicant to take a road test in a
representative vehicle of a type prescribed by  the  commissioner  which
shall  be  appropriate  to  the type of license for which application is
made, except that the commissioner may waive the road test  requirements
for certain classes of applicants. The commissioner shall have the power
to  establish  a  program  to  allow persons other than employees of the
department to conduct road tests in representative  vehicles  when  such
tests  are  required for applicants to obtain a class A, B or C license.
If she chooses to do so, she shall set forth her reasons in writing  and
conduct  a public hearing on the matter. She shall only establish such a
program after holding the public hearing.
  (C-3) "BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN SAFETY" COMPONENT. (I) THE  COMMISSIONER
SHALL PROVIDE IN THE PRE-LICENSING COURSE, SET FORTH IN PARAGRAPH (B) OF
THIS SUBDIVISION, A MANDATORY COMPONENT IN "BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN SAFE-
TY"  EDUCATION  AS  A  PREREQUISITE FOR OBTAINING A LICENSE TO OPERATE A
MOTOR VEHICLE. THE PURPOSE OF THE COMPONENT IS  TO  EDUCATE  PROSPECTIVE
LICENSEES  ON  THE POTENTIAL DANGERS TO PEDESTRIANS, BICYCLISTS, IN-LINE
SKATERS, SCOOTER RIDERS, SKATEBOARDERS AND OTHER NON-MOTORIZED  VEHICLES
CREATED BY MOTOR VEHICLES.
  (II)  THE  COMMISSIONER  SHALL ESTABLISH A CURRICULUM FOR THE "BICYCLE
AND PEDESTRIAN SAFETY" COMPONENT WHICH SHALL INCLUDE BUT NOT BE  LIMITED
TO:   SAFELY PASSING A CYCLIST ON THE ROAD, SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS WHILE
DRIVING IN URBAN AREAS, BICYCLE LANES AS DEFINED IN SECTION ONE  HUNDRED
TWO-A  OF  THIS  CHAPTER  AND OTHER ROADWAY DESIGNS EMPLOYED IN NEW YORK
STATE FOR THE SAFETY OF PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS,  HOW  TO  NAVIGATE  AN
INTERSECTION  WITH  PEDESTRIANS  AND CYCLISTS, EXITING A VEHICLE WITHOUT
ENDANGERING PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS, THE REQUIREMENT THAT DRIVERS EXER-
CISE DUE CARE TO AVOID COLLISION WITH A BICYCLIST OR PEDESTRIAN  ON  THE
ROAD PURSUANT TO SECTION ELEVEN HUNDRED FORTY-SIX OF THIS CHAPTER.

S. 6143--A                          3

  (III)  IN  DEVELOPING  SUCH CURRICULUM, THE COMMISSIONER SHALL CONSULT
WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF TRANSPORTATION, THE COMMISSIONER OF TRANSPORTA-
TION OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK AND BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN ADVOCATES.
  (d) The commissioner shall make available for distribution upon regis-
tration  at  each location where the pre-licensing course will be given,
instructional handbooks outlining the content of the  entire  curriculum
of  the  pre-licensing  course  including the information required to be
included in the course pursuant to paragraphs (c),  (c-1)  [and],  (c-2)
AND  (C-3)  of this subdivision. The commissioner shall also provide for
the additional training of the instructors necessary for  the  competent
instruction  of the alcohol and drug education [and], "Road Rage" aware-
ness [and], "Work Zone Safety" awareness  AND  "BICYCLE  AND  PEDESTRIAN
SAFETY" subject matters of the pre-licensing course.
  S  2.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
have become a law.

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