senate Bill S2452

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Authorizes the issuance of distinctive license plates to severely disabled volunteer firefighters

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S2452 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2819
Current Committee:
Senate Transportation
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §404-a, add §404-x, V & T L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S543, A4569

S2452 - Bill Texts

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Authorizes the issuance of distinctive license plates to severely disabled volunteer firefighters; provides for an annual service charge of fifteen dollars to be charged for such plates.

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BILL NUMBER:S2452

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to authorizing the
issuance of distinctive license plates to severely disabled volunteer
firefighters

PURPOSE:
By permitting the issuance of special license plates for severely
disabled firefighters, this bill raises acknowledgment and awareness
of those who risk their lives to defend their communities.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1: Subdivision 2 of section 404-a of the Vehicle and
Traffic law is amended.
2. Registration of vehicles owned by
severely disabled persons. The commissioner shall not issue plates
disabled person plates to any person to whom the commissioner has
issued distinctive severely disabled volunteer firefighter plates
pursuant to paragraph (b) of subdivision one of section four hundred
four-x of this title, as added by a chapter of the laws of 2006.

Section 2: Amends the Vehicle and Traffic law by adding a new section
404-x to read as follows: Distinctive plates for severely disabled
firefighters - 1. (a) Any severely disabled volunteer firefighter
shall, upon request, be issued a license plate bearing the emblem and
words "New York State" on top of the license plate and "severely
disabled volunteer firefighter" on the bottom of the license plate;
(b) Any severely disabled volunteer firefighter who has registered
his or her motor vehicle pursuant to section four hundred four-a of
this article shall, upon request, be issued a license plate bearing
the distinctive marks authorized by such section four hundred four-a
and the words "New York State" on the top of the license plate and
"severely disabled volunteer firefighter" on the bottom of the
license plate; (c) Application for said license plate shall be filed
with the commissioner in such form and detail as the commissioner
shall prescribe and shall be verified annually by the applicant. 2.
The distinctive plate authorized in paragraph (a) of subdivision one
of this section shall be issued upon proof, satisfactory to the
commissioner, that the applicant is presently a volunteer firefighter
who receives permanent total disability
benefits under section eight of the volunteer firefighters'
benefit law. The distinctive plate authorized in paragraph (b) of
subdivision one of this section shall be issued upon proof,
satisfactory to the commissioner, that the applicant is presently a
severely disabled volunteer firefighter who receives permanent total
disability benefits under section eight of the volunteer
firefighters' benefit law and whose disability qualifies him or her
as a severely disabled person within the meaning of
subdivision four hundred four-a of this article and who has registered
his or her motor vehicle pursuant to section four hundred four-a of
this article. 3. A distinctive plate issued pursuant to this section
shall be issued in the same manner as other number plates upon
payment of the regular registration fee prescribed by section f~i1r
hundred one of this article, provided, however, that an additional


annual, service charge of fifteen dollars shall be charged for such
plate. Such annual service charge shall be deposited pursuant to the
provisions of section four hundred four-oo of this article, to the
credit C!r the department of motor vehicles distinctive plate
development fund established by section ninety-five-g of the state
finance law, and shall be used for the production, design,
advertising and marketing of distinctive license plates pursuant to
such section ninety-five-g of the state finance law.

Section 3: Sets the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:
While modem fire fighting techniques are a dramatic improvement from
those available to prior generations of firefighters, accidents still
happen. And when they do, we must double our acknowledgment for those
who risk their lives to defend their communities. This bill would be
a small gesture in that regard.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2005-2006: S.4993-B - Passed Both Houses, Veto Memo 233
2007-2008: Transportation
2009-2010: Transportation

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it
shall have become law, except that any rules and regulations
necessary for the timely implementation of this act on its effective
date shall be promulgated on or before such date.

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

                                  2452

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 21, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  ALESI  -- 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 issuance of distinctive license plates to severely disabled volun-
  teer firefighters

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

  Section 1.  Subdivision 2 of section 404-a of the vehicle and  traffic
law,  as  amended by chapter 191 of the laws of 1991, is amended to read
as follows:
  2. Registration of vehicles owned by severely  disabled  persons.  The
commissioner  shall  assign to such motor vehicles, including any van or
pick-up truck used for transporting persons with disabilities  which  is
not  used  for commercial purposes, owned by such persons, a distinctive
number and issue and deliver in such  manner  as  the  commissioner  may
select to the owner a certification of registration, in such form as the
commissioner  shall  prescribe  and  two  number plates, called disabled
person plates. Said disabled person plates shall conform to the require-
ments of section four hundred  one  of  this  chapter,  but  shall  bear
distinctive marks to distinguish them from number plates to be issued to
other  persons,  qualifying under this chapter.  PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT
NO SUCH PLATES SHALL BE ISSUED TO ANY PERSON TO  WHOM  THE  COMMISSIONER
HAS  ISSUED  DISTINCTIVE  SEVERELY DISABLED VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER PLATES
PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH (B) OF SUBDIVISION ONE  OF  SECTION  FOUR  HUNDRED
FOUR-X  OF THIS ARTICLE. The commissioner, in his OR HER discretion, may
issue, for any registration year, only one plate as a set  for  a  motor
vehicle,  in  which  event  a  set of disabled person plates for a motor
vehicle shall consist of one plate. Where  a  severely  disabled  person
owns  more  than one vehicle and such vehicle or vehicles is or are used
by severely disabled members of the owner's family who reside  with  the
owner,  the  commissioner  shall  issue one set of plates for each addi-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05368-01-1

S. 2452                             2

tional vehicle used by such severely disabled person, provided that such
user qualifies as a severely disabled person in the manner  required  by
this section.
  S  2.  The  vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding a new section
404-x to read as follows:
  S 404-X. DISTINCTIVE PLATES FOR SEVERELY DISABLED VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHT-
ERS.  1. (A) ANY SEVERELY DISABLED  VOLUNTEER  FIREFIGHTER  SHALL,  UPON
REQUEST, BE ISSUED A LICENSE PLATE BEARING THE WORDS "NEW YORK STATE" ON
THE  TOP  OF  SAID  LICENSE PLATE AND "SEVERELY DISABLED VOLUNTEER FIRE-
FIGHTER" ON THE BOTTOM OF SAID LICENSE PLATE.
  (B) ANY SEVERELY DISABLED VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER WHO HAS REGISTERED HIS
OR HER MOTOR VEHICLE PURSUANT TO SECTION FOUR  HUNDRED  FOUR-A  OF  THIS
ARTICLE  SHALL,  UPON  REQUEST,  BE  ISSUED  A LICENSE PLATE BEARING THE
DISTINCTIVE MARKS AUTHORIZED BY SUCH SECTION FOUR HUNDRED FOUR-A AND THE
WORDS "NEW YORK STATE" ON THE TOP OF THE  LICENSE  PLATE  AND  "SEVERELY
DISABLED VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER" ON THE BOTTOM OF SAID LICENSE PLATE.
  (C) APPLICATION FOR SAID LICENSE PLATE SHALL BE FILED WITH THE COMMIS-
SIONER  IN  SUCH FORM AND DETAIL AS THE COMMISSIONER SHALL PRESCRIBE AND
SHALL BE VERIFIED ANNUALLY BY THE APPLICANT.
  2. THE DISTINCTIVE PLATE AUTHORIZED IN PARAGRAPH  (A)  OF  SUBDIVISION
ONE  OF  THIS  SECTION  SHALL  BE ISSUED UPON PROOF, SATISFACTORY TO THE
COMMISSIONER, THAT THE APPLICANT IS PRESENTLY  A  VOLUNTEER  FIREFIGHTER
WHO  RECEIVES PERMANENT TOTAL DISABILITY BENEFITS UNDER SECTION EIGHT OF
THE VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS' BENEFIT LAW.  THE DISTINCTIVE PLATE  AUTHOR-
IZED IN PARAGRAPH (B) OF SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION SHALL BE ISSUED
UPON  PROOF,  SATISFACTORY  TO  THE  COMMISSIONER, THAT THE APPLICANT IS
PRESENTLY A SEVERELY DISABLED VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER WHO RECEIVES  PERMA-
NENT  TOTAL  DISABILITY  BENEFITS  UNDER  SECTION EIGHT OF THE VOLUNTEER
FIREFIGHTERS' BENEFIT LAW AND WHOSE DISABILITY QUALIFIES HIM OR HER AS A
SEVERELY DISABLED PERSON WITHIN THE MEANING OF SUCH TERM AS  DEFINED  IN
SUBDIVISION  FOUR OF SECTION FOUR HUNDRED FOUR-A OF THIS ARTICLE AND WHO
HAS REGISTERED HIS OR HER MOTOR VEHICLE PURSUANT TO SECTION FOUR HUNDRED
FOUR-A OF THIS ARTICLE.
  3. A DISTINCTIVE PLATE ISSUED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION SHALL BE ISSUED
IN THE SAME MANNER AS OTHER NUMBER PLATES UPON PAYMENT  OF  THE  REGULAR
REGISTRATION FEE PRESCRIBED BY SECTION FOUR HUNDRED ONE OF THIS ARTICLE,
PROVIDED,  HOWEVER,  THAT AN ADDITIONAL ANNUAL SERVICE CHARGE OF FIFTEEN
DOLLARS SHALL BE CHARGED FOR SUCH PLATE.   SUCH  ANNUAL  SERVICE  CHARGE
SHALL  BE  DEPOSITED  PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION FOUR HUNDRED
FOUR-OO OF THIS ARTICLE, TO THE CREDIT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR  VEHI-
CLES   DISTINCTIVE   PLATE   DEVELOPMENT  FUND  ESTABLISHED  BY  SECTION
NINETY-FIVE-G OF THE STATE  FINANCE  LAW  AND  SHALL  BE  USED  FOR  THE
PRODUCTION,  DESIGN,  ADVERTISING  AND  MARKETING OF DISTINCTIVE LICENSE
PLATES PURSUANT TO SECTION NINETY-FIVE-G OF THE STATE FINANCE LAW.
  S 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it shall have become a law, except that any rules and regulations neces-
sary for the timely implementation of this act  on  its  effective  date
shall be promulgated on or before such date.

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