senate Bill S1059

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Requires passenger cabs be inspected for carbon monoxide levels and requires information on warning signs of such to be distributed with each operator's license

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S1059 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Senate Transportation
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §301, add §397-c, V & T L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S2079

S1059 - Bill Texts

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Requires passenger cabs be inspected for unsafe carbon monoxide levels and requires information on the warning signs of carbon monoxide poisoning to be distributed with each operator's license, issued or renewed.

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BILL NUMBER:S1059

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to
carbon monoxide poisoning

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
This bill would require safety
inspections include a check of the exhaust system for the purposes of
ensuring that carbon monoxide levels in the cab of the vehicle have
not reached unsafe levels in excess of 70 ppm. This bill also ensures
education against dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning to be given at
the time of a new or renewal of a driver's license.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends subparagraph (a) of
paragraph 1 of subdivision (c) of section 301 of the vehicle and
traffic law to include a safety inspection of an exhaust system for
the purposes of ensuring that carbon monoxide levels in the cab of
the vehicle has not reached unsafe levels in excess of 70ppm.

Section 2 amends the vehicle and traffic law by adding a new section
397-c: the Commissioner in consultation with the chair of the
consumer protection board, shall prepare and distribute with each
operator's license, whether issued or renewed, a pamphlet on the
warning signs of carbon monoxide poisoning and the appropriate
actions to be taken to prevent such accidental poisoning.

JUSTIFICATION:
Carbon monoxide has been called the "silent killer."
Due to its odorless nature, victims are not aware of the danger
around them.
Carbon monoxide education and safety inspections are not currently
required.
This bill addresses both the mechanical and educational component of
this issue. It tries to protect the consumer by requiring a safety
inspection of C02 emissions. Further, it tries to educate the
consumer on the warning signs and actions to take to prevent poisoning.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2010: S.2079 Referred to Transportation
2008: A.1732A Referred to Transportation
2006: A.1031 Referred to Transportation

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the one hundred
eightieth day after it shall become a law, with provision.

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

                                  1059

                       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  carbon
  monoxide poisoning

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

  Section 1. Subparagraph (a) of  paragraph  1  of  subdivision  (c)  of
section  301  of the vehicle and traffic law, as amended by section 5 of
part V1 of chapter 62 of the  laws  of  2003,  is  amended  to  read  as
follows:
  (a)  A  safety  inspection  shall  be made with respect to the brakes;
steering mechanism; wheel alignment; lights, including but  not  limited
to the lights which are designed and placed on a vehicle for the purpose
of  illuminating  the vehicle's license plates; odometer; tire pressure;
seat safety belts; shoulder harness safety belts; EXHAUST SYSTEM FOR THE
PURPOSES OF ENSURING THAT CARBON MONOXIDE LEVELS IN THE CAB OF THE VEHI-
CLE HAVE NOT REACHED UNSAFE LEVELS IN EXCESS OF 70 PARTS PER MILLION and
such other mechanisms and  equipment  as  shall  be  determined  by  the
commissioner  to  be  necessary  for  proper  and  safe operations. Such
inspection shall also be made with  respect  to  vehicle  identification
number.  Upon inspection, the mileage appearing on the odometer shall be
recorded upon the inspection sticker.
  S 2. The vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding  a  new  section
397-c to read as follows:
  S  397-C. EDUCATION AGAINST DANGERS OF CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING.  THE
COMMISSIONER, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE CHAIR OF THE CONSUMER  PROTECTION
BOARD, SHALL PREPARE AND DISTRIBUTE WITH EACH OPERATOR'S LICENSE, WHETH-
ER ISSUED OR RENEWED, A PAMPHLET ON THE WARNING SIGNS OF CARBON MONOXIDE
POISONING  AND THE APPROPRIATE ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN TO PREVENT SUCH ACCI-
DENTAL POISONING.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02179-01-1

S. 1059                             2

  S 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it shall have become a law; provided, however, that effective immediate-
ly, the addition, amendment and/or repeal  of  any  rule  or  regulation
necessary  for  the implementation of this act on its effective date are
authorized  and  directed  to  be  made  and completed on or before such
effective date.

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