senate Bill S820

Permits the proration of vehicle registration fees for stolen vehicles

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION

Summary

Permits registrants of stolen motor vehicles, motorcycles or trailers to credit the unused portion of the requisite registration fee against any subsequent registration fees for other vehicles owned by the registrant.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3191
Versions:
S820
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Transportation
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง420, V & T L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S3572, A4585
2009-2010: S7024, A4210
2007-2008: A2102, A2102

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BILL NUMBER:S820

TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to
authorizing the proration of registration fees for stolen motor
vehicles, motorcycles or trailers

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To address an unfair or unequitable credit or registered refund policy
concerning vehicle registrations.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
The bill provides that an owner of a registered motor vehicle,
motorcycle or trailer which is stolen may, upon submission of proof
that the vehicle was stolen and payment of a transfer fee of $7.75,
credit or apply the unused portion of the registration fee on such
vehicle to any subsequent fee for the registration renewal of another
vehicle, motorcycle or trailer owned by the registrant. The prorated
cost of the unused portion of the prior registration or the
registration on the stolen vehicle shall be computed on a monthly
basis.

EFFECTS OF PRESENT LAW WHICH THIS BILL WOULD ALTER:
Section 420 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law is amended by adding a new
subdivision 9.

JUSTIFICATION:
DMV's current policy of prohibiting the registrant of a stolen vehicle
from applying the pro-rata credit on the unexpired registration to the
registration renewal fee of another vehicle already owned by that
person is arbitrary and capricious. The owner is only permitted to
apply the credit if a replacement vehicle is purchased and registered.
However, some motorists simply decide not to purchase a replacement
vehicle and therefore, they often forfeit some portion of the
expensive registration fee they already paid.

Since the Department of Motor Vehicles already administers a credit
pro-rata registration system, the extension would not be difficult to
execute. In the context of our billion dollar budget, the cost for
this form of taxpayer relief is insignificant. What will be
significant, however, is that with approval of legislation, a more
equitable system will finally be instituted for some victims of car
theft who are so unfairly served by the present policy.

Thus, the enactment of this measure will establish a more equitable
auto registration transfer or refund policy for all state residents
and reaffirm the principle that government should not gain from the
misfortune of its residents.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
1998: A.8884 - Reported by Transportation and Ways & Means to Rules.
1999-00: A.5629 - In Transportation Committee.
2001-02: A.3300
2003-04: A.2782A
2005-06: A.2581
2007-08: A.2102 - Passed Assembly


2009-10: S.7024 - Held in Finance Committee
2011-12: A.4585/S.3572 - Transportation Committee

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Section one shall take effect on the first of September next
succeeding the date on which it shall become a law.

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

                                   820

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  ADAMS  -- 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  authorizing
  the proration of registration fees for stolen motor vehicles, motorcy-
  cles or trailers

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

  Section 1. Section 420 of the vehicle and traffic law  is  amended  by
adding a new subdivision 9 to read as follows:
  9.  THE  COMMISSIONER  SHALL, UPON SUBMISSION OF WRITTEN EVIDENCE FROM
THE OWNER OF A REGISTERED MOTOR VEHICLE,  MOTORCYCLE  OR  TRAILER,  THAT
SUCH  VEHICLE  WAS  REPORTED  STOLEN  TO THE APPROPRIATE LAW ENFORCEMENT
AGENCY AND/OR THE OWNER'S AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY, AND UPON PAYMENT
OF A TRANSFER FEE OF SEVEN DOLLARS AND SEVENTY-FIVE  CENTS,  CREDIT  THE
UNUSED PORTION OF THE REGISTRATION FEE PAID FOR SUCH VEHICLE AGAINST ANY
SUBSEQUENT REGISTRATION FEE WHICH BECOMES DUE FOR ANOTHER MOTOR VEHICLE,
MOTORCYCLE OR TRAILER OWNED BY THE REGISTRANT. THE AMOUNT OF SUCH CREDIT
SHALL  BE  COMPUTED BY APPORTIONING THE REGISTRATION FEE FOR REGISTERING
THE STOLEN VEHICLE BETWEEN THE NUMBER OF MONTHS FOR WHICH THE  REGISTRA-
TION  FEE  WAS PAID WITH THE NUMBER OF MONTHS REMAINING AT THE TIME SUCH
VEHICLE WAS STOLEN. WHENEVER THE AMOUNT OF THE CREDIT  AS  PROVIDED  FOR
HEREIN  SHALL  AMOUNT  TO  OTHER  THAN A WHOLE DOLLAR AMOUNT, THE CREDIT
SHALL BE ROUNDED TO THE NEAREST TWENTY-FIVE CENTS.
  S 2. This act shall  take  effect  on  the  first  of  September  next
succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04540-01-3

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