senate Bill S105

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to the registration of certain motor vehicles

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S105 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8569
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง401, V & T L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S6067

S105 - Bill Texts

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Relates to the registration of certain motor vehicles.

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BILL NUMBER:S105

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to registration of
certain motor vehicles

PURPOSE:
To remove the maximum weight cap on vehicles for disabled
veterans currently exempt from motor vehicle registration fees.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1. Removes the maximum gross weight cap for disabled veterans'
vehicles currently exempt from registration fees.

Section 2. Enacting clause.

EXISTING LAW:
Disabled veterans' vehicles exempt from registration fees have a
maximum weight cap of sixty-five hundred pounds, well below the weight
of vehicles like the Chevrolet Express, Ford E Van, and the Dodge Ram
Van.

JUSTIFICATION:
According to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of July 2010,
about 2.8 million or 13% of all veterans reported service-connected
disabilities. While not all of these disabilities were physical, this
statistic underscores the need to ensure that these men and women are
able to enjoy the mobility necessary to maintain employment and
participate in society. For this reason, New York State long ago made
the choice to exempt disabled veterans from vehicle registration
fees, decreasing the overall cost of access to mobility.

Unfortunately, the Vehicle and Traffic Law currently has a cap on the
maximum weight of 6,500 pounds for disabled veterans' passenger cars
exempt from motor vehicle registration fees. This is a problem
because individuals with disabilities often require larger motor
vehicles. This means larger minivans, sports utility vehicles, or
pickup trucks, which have larger doors and are better able to
accommodate ramps or lifts and promote access. These modifications
also contribute to more weight on the vehicles.

This portion of law was last updated in 1983 - close to three decades
ago, when cars were smaller, had less powerful motors, and much lower
overall weight. Today, most larger or heavy duty vehicles are over
the 6,500 gross weight mark. For instance, the Ford F-150 is 8,800
pounds, the Dodge Ram ST is 6,700 pounds, and the Chevy 1500LS is
6,800 pounds, all well above the weight cap. And this is without any
disability modifications.

Disabled veterans may purchase these vehicles expecting to be exempt
from registration fees, only to find that they must pay additional
money out-of-pocket. This is a disservice to men and women that have
given more than most in the line of duty. For this reason, this
legislation lifts the aforementioned registration fee exemption
weight cap entirely.


LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2011-12: S.6067 Referred to Transportation

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                   105

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. GALLIVAN -- 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 registration
  of certain motor vehicles

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

  Section  1. Paragraph c of subdivision 6 of section 401 of the vehicle
and traffic law, as amended by chapter 734  of  the  laws  of  1983,  is
amended to read as follows:
  c.  The  provisions of this subdivision with respect to the payment of
registration fees shall not apply to a passenger or suburban type  motor
vehicle  or  the  provisions  of  subdivision seven of this section with
respect to the payment of registration fees shall additionally not apply
to any auto truck or light delivery car [having a maximum  gross  weight
of  less  than  sixty-five hundred pounds] which is used exclusively for
passengers and owned by any disabled veteran of the armed forces of  the
United  States who has obtained such motor vehicle under and pursuant to
the provisions of public law number six  hundred  sixty-three,  seventy-
ninth congress, and public law number seven hundred ninety-eight, eight-
y-first  congress and public law number one hundred eighty-seven, eight-
y-second congress or any comparable motor vehicle  which  is  bought  or
acquired  to  replace such original motor vehicle owned by such disabled
veteran.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01977-01-3

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