senate Bill S6825A

Extends duration of time during which a vehicle that does not meet specified requirements may obtain a permit to cross an R-posted bridge

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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 13 / Mar / 2014
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 02 / Jun / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 02 / Jun / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 6825A
  • 17 / Jun / 2014
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 17 / Jun / 2014
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1472
  • 17 / Jun / 2014
    • SUBSTITUTED BY A9618A

Summary

Extends duration of time during which a vehicle that does not meet specified requirements may obtain a permit to cross an R-posted bridge.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9618A
Versions:
S6825
S6825A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง385, V & T L

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BILL NUMBER:S6825A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in
relation to vehicle fitness for crossing R-posted bridges

PURPOSE:

To extend the date of retrofitting compliance from December 31, 2014
to December 31, 2019.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 stipulates requirements for 2006 model-year and newer
vehicles for the purpose of obtaining divisible load permits. Amends
Section 385.15 (f) of the Vehicle & Traffic Law by extending the date
to comply with divisible load vehicle requirements to December 31,
2019. These vehicles are given until December 31, 2019 to fully
retrofit to comply with weight distributional load requirements.

Section 2 requires this act to be deemed repealed if any federal
agency or court of competent jurisdiction determines that this act
would render New York state ineligible for the receipt of federal
funds.

Section 3 allows for severability if any part of this act is
determined by any court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid.

Section 4 provides the effective date.

EXISTING LAW:

Current law requires "infrastructure-friendly vehicle requirements"
that are meant to reduce adverse impacts on transportation
infrastructure as a result of use by heavy trucks. In recognition of
the fact that these requirements necessitate expensive retrofitting,
pre model-year 2006 vehicles are given an exemption until December 31,
2014, after which, will require partial retrofitting.

JUSTIFICATION:

This legislation is necessary because multiple deadlines are not
practical nor financially feasible for companies with fleets of pre
model-year 2006 divisible load vehicles. They are given until the end
of 2014 to partially retrofit them, and until 2019 to install all
necessary upgrades. It is not worth it to partially upgrade these aged
vehicles, only to perform a full upgrade five years later, at which
time the vehicle will be completely obsolete and will need to be
replaced. Instead of a two-step retrofit, this legislation would
extend the December 31, 2014 deadline to December 31, 2019, bringing
it into conformity with the deadline for the weight distributional
load requirement. This legislation allows each company to choose which
method best fits its needs and helps avoid undue financial hardship.
It also offers more time to save the necessary capital to either fully
retrofit older vehicles or replace them entirely.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:


New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None to the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediate.

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

                                 6825--A

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 13, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  SEWARD,  LARKIN,  YOUNG -- read twice and ordered
  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on  Trans-
  portation  -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as
  amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic  law,  in  relation  to  vehicle
  fitness for crossing R-posted bridges

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

  Section 1. The third undesignated paragraph of paragraph (f) of subdi-
vision 15 of section 385 of the vehicle and traffic law, as  amended  by
section  4  of  part  C of chapter 59 of the laws of 2004, is amended to
read as follows:
  No vehicle having a model year of two thousand six or newer  shall  be
issued  a  permit  pursuant  to  this paragraph unless each axle of such
vehicle or combination of vehicles, other than  steerable  or  trackable
axles,  is  equipped  with  two  tires on each side of the axle, any air
pressure controls for lift axles are located  outside  the  cab  of  the
vehicle and are beyond the reach of occupants of the cab while the vehi-
cle  is  in  motion,  the weight on any grouping of two or more axles is
distributed such that no axle in the grouping carries less  than  eighty
percent  of  any  other  axle  in  the grouping and any liftable axle is
steerable or trackable; and, further provided,  after  December  thirty-
first,  two  thousand  [fourteen]  NINETEEN,  no  permit shall be issued
pursuant to this paragraph to a vehicle of any model year that does  not
meet the requirements of this provision, except that such permits may be
issued  prior  to  January  first, two thousand twenty to a vehicle that
does not meet the requirement concerning axle grouping  weight  distrib-
ution, but meets all other requirements of this section.
  S  2.  This  act shall be deemed repealed if any federal agency or any
court of competent jurisdiction finally determines that this  act  would
render New York state ineligible for the receipt of federal funds.
  S  3.  Severability.  If any clause, sentence, subdivision, paragraph,
section or part of this act be adjudged by any court of competent juris-
diction to be invalid, such judgment shall not affect, impair or invali-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14413-03-4

S. 6825--A                          2

date the remainder thereof, but shall be confined in  its  operation  to
the  clause,  sentence,  subdivision, paragraph, section or part thereof
directly involved in the controversy in which such judgment  shall  have
been rendered.
  S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.

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