senate Bill S6623

Signed by Governor Amended

Regulates the length of car carriers and tow trucks

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor
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  • 19 / Feb / 2014
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 06 / May / 2014
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.515
  • 07 / May / 2014
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 12 / May / 2014
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 14 / May / 2014
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING 6623A
  • 11 / Jun / 2014
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING (T) 6623B
  • 17 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 17 / Jun / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 17 / Jun / 2014
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 18 / Jun / 2014
    • SUBSTITUTED FOR A7717C
  • 18 / Jun / 2014
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING RULES CAL.392
  • 18 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED ASSEMBLY
  • 18 / Jun / 2014
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 01 / Aug / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • 11 / Aug / 2014
    • SIGNED CHAP.303

Summary

Regulates the length of car carriers and tow trucks.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7717B
Versions:
S6623
S6623A
S6623B
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Ren §105-a to be §105-b, ren §160 to be §161, add §§105-a & 160, amd §§127 & 385, V & T L

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BILL NUMBER:S6623

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in
relation to the length of car carriers

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 defines a "car carrier" as a truck that is designed to carry
one to three motor vehicles and tow and additional motor vehicle and
to provide that a car carrier that is engaged in commercial towing may
also be referred to a tow truck and must be registered as a tow truck.

Section 1. Adds a new section, § 105-a, of the vehicle and traffic law
to define a "car carrier."

Section 2 amends section 127 of the vehicle and traffic law to define
"overhang" to include that portion of a transported motor vehicle that
extends beyond the rear bumper of a car carrier.

Section 3 amends section 385 (3) of the vehicle and traffic law to
allow for three feet of overhang to extend beyond the rear bumper of a
car carrier.

Section 4 provides that the act shall take effect on the 30th day
after it shall have become a law.

JUSTIFICATION:

Car carriers that are designed to carry two motor vehicles on a deck
or flatbed (a three or four car car carrier) are more than thirty nine
feet in length unloaded. When loaded, the rearmost vehicle usually
extends beyond the rear bumper of the car carrier by approximately
three feet, which exceeds the forty-foot "bumper to bumper" limit that
is permitted under New York law. As a result, these vehicles cannot be
utilized to their fullest capacity in New York, thereby reducing the
efficiencies that were contemplated when they were designed. This
underutilization, in turn, results in greater fuel consumption and
increased traffic on our highways. It should also be noted that
hundreds of these car carriers were brought into New York State to
remove cars that were damaged during Super Storm Sandy. Accordingly,
this bill seeks to allow these vehicles to operate legally in New
York.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New bill

FISCAL IMPLICATION OF THE STATE:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Thirty days after enactment


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

                                  6623

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 19, 2014
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to  the  length
  of car carriers

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

  Section 1. Section 105-a of the vehicle and traffic law is  renumbered
section 105-b and a new section 105-a is added to read as follows:
  S  105-A.  CAR CARRIER. A TRUCK THAT IS DESIGNED TO TOW AND CARRY TWO,
THREE OR FOUR MOTOR VEHICLES. A TWO CAR CARRIER IS  DESIGNED  TO  TOW  A
MOTOR  VEHICLE  AND CARRY A MOTOR VEHICLE ON A STEEL OR ALUMINUM DECK. A
THREE CAR CARRIER IS DESIGNED TO TOW A MOTOR VEHICLE AND CARRY TWO MOTOR
VEHICLES ON A STEEL OR ALUMINUM DECK AND A FOUR CAR CARRIER IS  DESIGNED
TO  TOW A MOTOR VEHICLE, CARRY TWO MOTOR VEHICLES ON A STEEL OR ALUMINUM
DECK AND A THIRD MOTOR VEHICLE ON A DECK ABOVE THE CAB OF THE  TRUCK.  A
CAR CARRIER THAT IS ENGAGED IN COMMERCIAL TOWING MAY ALSO BE REFERRED TO
AS A TOW TRUCK AND MUST BE REGISTERED AS A TOW TRUCK.
  S 2. Section 127 of the vehicle and traffic law, as amended by chapter
26 of the laws of 2002, is amended to read as follows:
  S 127. Overhang.  That  portion of a transported vehicle or boat which
extends beyond the front or rear bumper of an automobile transporter  or
stinger-steered  automobile  transporter or boat transporter or stinger-
steered boat transporter, OR THAT PORTION OF A TRANSPORTED VEHICLE  THAT
EXTENDS BEYOND THE REAR BUMPER OF A CAR CARRIER.
  S  3. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 3 of section 385 of the vehicle and
traffic law, as amended by chapter 173 of the laws of 1990,  is  amended
to read as follows:
  (a)  The  length  of  a single vehicle, inclusive of load and bumpers,
shall be not more than forty feet  unless  otherwise  provided  in  this
subdivision, EXCEPT THAT A CAR CARRIER MAY HAVE AN OVERHANG THAT EXTENDS
BEYOND THE REAR BUMPER OF SUCH CAR CARRIER BY NOT MORE THAN THREE FEET.
  S  4.  This  act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall
have become a law.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14065-01-4

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