senate Bill S1057

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Requires a holder of a class DJ or MJ learners permit, while operating a vehicle, to display a sign indicating that such vehicle is being driven by a new driver

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S1057 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4252
Current Committee:
Senate Transportation
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง501-b, V & T L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S5379, A4180

S1057 - Bill Texts

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Requires a holder of a class DJ or class MJ learner's permit, while operating a vehicle, to display a sign indicating that such vehicle is being driven by a new driver; further authorizes the commissioner to create the form and distribution for such sign upon the issuance of the learner's permit.

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BILL NUMBER:S1057

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to signage for persons
driving under a learner's permit

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
An act to amend the vehicle and
traffic law requiring Learner License signage to be displayed on all
vehicles being operated by a driver holding a learners permit.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1-501(b) of the vehicle and
traffic law, as added by chapter 644 of the laws of 2002, is amended
to include the additional restriction that anyone holding a class DJ
or class MJ learner's permit cannot operate a motor vehicle without a
sign, visible to both oncoming and flowing traffic, indicating that
such vehicle is being driven by a new driver. The Commissioner of
Motor Vehicles shall determine the form and distribution of such
signage.

JUSTIFICATION:
While New York has placed additional restrictions on new drivers in an
effort to protect new and young drivers, accidents still occur in
alarming frequency. Oftentimes, accidents occur as the result of
other driver mistakes and/or actions rather the newly learning driver.

The display of a learner's license tag or plate on the rear view
window of an automobile will alert other drivers that a learning
driver is operating the vehicle. Drivers around the learning driver
could then exercise more caution in their driving behavior. The
learning driver would also benefit knowing that other drivers on the
road are aware that he or she is learning how to drive.

This practice is widespread throughout the world. New drivers in the
United Kingdom, Ireland, India, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia,
Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, and Great British Columbia, are
require to place learner tags on their vehicles.

The Commissioner of Motor Vehicle shall determine the form and nature
of the learner signage with the requirement that the signage is
removable and transferable from vehicle to vehicle, and that is
clearly displayed to motorists who are near the vehicle.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2010: S.5379/A.4180 Referred to Transportation
2008: A.9496 Referred to Transportation

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Minimal to New York State Department of Motor Vehicle for
printing of signs.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
1st of September next succeeding the date on which it
shall have become law.


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

                                  1057

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  PARKER -- 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 signage  for
  persons driving under a learner's permit

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 501-b of the vehicle  and  traffic
law, as added by chapter 644 of the laws of 2002, paragraphs (c) and (d)
as  amended  by  chapter  403 of the laws of 2009, is amended to read as
follows:
  1. In addition to the restrictions contained in  subdivision  five  of
section  five  hundred  one  of this article, no holder of a class DJ or
class MJ learner's permit shall:
  (a) operate a motor vehicle with any front seat occupants  other  than
the supervising driver;
  (b)  operate  a motor vehicle unless every occupant of such vehicle is
properly restrained by a safety belt or child safety seat in  accordance
with  the  provisions  of  subdivision three-a of section twelve hundred
twenty-nine-c of this chapter;
  (c) operate a motor vehicle with more than one passenger who is  under
the age of twenty-one and who is not a member of such holder's immediate
family,  provided,  however, that the provisions of this paragraph shall
not apply when such holder is accompanied by  a  duly  licensed  parent,
guardian, person in a position of loco parentis, driver education teach-
er or driving school instructor;
  (d)  be eligible for issuance of a class DJ, MJ, D or M license unless
such permit has been valid for at least six months. Any time  period  in
which such class DJ or MJ learner's permit has been suspended or revoked
shall  not  be  counted  in  determining  the  length  of time that such
learner's permit has been valid;

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00378-01-1

S. 1057                             2

  (E) OPERATE A MOTOR VEHICLE WITHOUT A SIGN, VISIBLE TO  BOTH  ONCOMING
AND FOLLOWING TRAFFIC, INDICATING THAT SUCH VEHICLE IS BEING DRIVEN BY A
NEW  DRIVER.  SUCH  SIGN  SHALL  BE IN SUCH FORM AND DISTRIBUTED IN SUCH
MANNER AS PROVIDED BY THE COMMISSIONER UPON ISSUANCE OF  SUCH  LEARNER'S
PERMIT.
  S  2.  This  act  shall  take  effect  on  the first of September next
succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.

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