senate Bill S1951

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to the registration of certain farm vehicles

download bill text pdf

Sponsored By

Archive: Last Bill Status - Passed Senate

  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor

do you support this bill?


view actions (15)
Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 17, 2014 referred to transportation
delivered to assembly
passed senate
ordered to third reading cal.1425
committee discharged and committed to rules
Jan 08, 2014 referred to transportation
returned to senate
died in assembly
May 21, 2013 referred to transportation
delivered to assembly
passed senate
May 06, 2013 advanced to third reading
May 01, 2013 2nd report cal.
Apr 30, 2013 1st report cal.502
Jan 09, 2013 referred to transportation


view votes

Jun 17, 2014 - Rules committee Vote

Aye with Reservations
show Rules committee vote details

Apr 30, 2013 - Transportation committee Vote

Aye with Reservations
show Transportation committee vote details


view additional co-sponsors

S1951 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง401, V & T L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S5262, A8351

S1951 - Bill Texts

view summary

Relates to the registration of certain farm vehicles.

view sponsor memo

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

PURPOSE: To eliminate the additional attachment that is currently
required of farm plated vehicle registration. This attachment must be
kept with the vehicle registration at all times and creates onerous
burdens on the industry.

SUMMARY: Vehicle and Traffic Law Section 401 Subdivision 13 is amended
to remove the additional vehicle registration requirement of attaching
farm vehicle certification to the farm vehicle registration and having
to make such documentation available at all times.

JUSTIFICATION: This bill would reduce the unnecessary and cumbersome
paperwork associated with farm plated vehicles and would help alleviate
the regulatory burden the agricultural community already wrestles with.

Farm plates provide New York producers with the opportunity to obtain a
reduced rate for vehicle and plate registration for vehicles used exclu-
sively in agricultural production. Currently, farm plated vehicles are
restricted to travel within a 25-mile radius of the farm for their busi-
ness needs such as traversing between fields, delivery to/from a land-
fill and necessary repair and maintenance of the farm vehicle at a
repair shop.

While the 25-mile travel restriction is based on and specific to the
farm address listed on the farm vehicle's registration, the farmer must
file additional paperwork specifically addressing all points of destina-
tion for that specific registered farm vehicle. This information must
then be kept on file with the vehicle registration as an attachment.
Each time the farmer acquires additional land or finds it necessary to
travel to an alternate destination in order to conduct business, he/she
must file another document with the Department of Motor Vehicles which
expends time and staff resources on behalf of the farmer and the State.

With state law already strictly designating use of farm plated vehicles
to within 25 miles of the farm that the vehicle is registered to, the
additional documentation and maintenance of such paperwork with the
State is duplicative and unnecessary. The repeal of this requirement
would allow our farm community to focus their valuable time planting and
harvesting crops throughout vital months of the year instead of comply-
ing with red tape.

HISTORY: S5262 of 2011 - passed Senate S5262 of 2012 - passed Senate

FISCAL IMPACT: None to the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.

view full text
download pdf
                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K


                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E


                             January 9, 2013

  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 certain
  registrations of vehicles


  Section  1.  Subdivision  13 of section 401 of the vehicle and traffic
law, as amended by chapter 203 of the laws of 2002, is amended  to  read
as follows:
  13. Registration of motor vehicles, trailers and semitrailers operated
upon  public  highways connecting portions of a farm or farms, municipal
sanitary landfills and licensed motor vehicle repair shops. Motor  vehi-
cles,  other than motor vehicles manufactured and equipped primarily for
the transportation of passengers, trailers and semitrailers, to be oper-
ated by any person, upon a public highway for the purpose  of  traveling
by the most direct route, but in no event further than twenty-five miles
one-way from a point on the farm as designated by the vehicle owner [and
set  forth  in  an  attachment to the vehicle registration], (a) between
fields, buildings, and facilities managed  or  operated  as  part  of  a
single  farm  enterprise  in connection with the production, harvesting,
processing or marketing on that farm of crops, livestock,  or  livestock
products  produced  on that farm; or (b) for the purpose of transporting
materials from a farm to the nearest available municipal sanitary  land-
fill;  or (c) for the purpose of transporting the motor vehicle, trailer
or semitrailer to a motor vehicle repair shop licensed pursuant to  this
chapter  for  the  repair  or  adjustment of equipment provided that, in
addition to the route restrictions set forth  in  this  subdivision,  no
such  transport  shall  be authorized (i) if such vehicle has an out-of-
service defect relating to  load  securement,  brake  systems,  steering

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

S. 1951                             2

components  and/or coupling devices, or after it has been placed out-of-
service; (ii) on any limited access highway; and (iii) during the period
of one hour before sunset to one hour after sunrise, may  be  registered
as  provided in this subdivision. Every owner of such vehicles may cause
to be filed by mail or otherwise, with  the  commissioner  or  with  any
agent of the commissioner, an application for registration of such vehi-
cle,  addressed  to  the commissioner, and on a blank to be furnished by
the commissioner for that purpose, containing the  information  required
by  subdivision  one  of  this section and such other information as the
commissioner shall require. The commissioner or agent  shall  make  such
investigation,  as he or she shall determine necessary, and if satisfied
that the vehicle is to be  operated  exclusively  as  provided  in  this
subdivision  shall,  upon  the payment of a fee of one dollar, assign to
such vehicle a distinctive number and issue and deliver to the applicant
a set of number plates and a certificate of registration in such form as
the commissioner shall prescribe, indicating the  extent  to  which  the
vehicle registered may be operated on the public highways and such vehi-
cle  may  be  operated  only  as  so indicated. For the purposes of this
subdivision,  the  terms  "farm"  and  "crops,  livestock  or  livestock
products,"  shall  have  the  same meaning as "land used in agricultural
production" and "crops, livestock and livestock products," respectively,
as defined in section three hundred one of the agriculture  and  markets
law,  except  that farmers with an average gross sales value of at least
one thousand  dollars  per  year  of  crops,  livestock,  and  livestock
products  shall be eligible to register vehicles pursuant to this subdi-
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.


Open Legislation comments facilitate discussion of New York State legislation. All comments are subject to moderation. Comments deemed off-topic, commercial, campaign-related, self-promotional; or that contain profanity or hate speech; or that link to sites outside of the domain are not permitted, and will not be published. Comment moderation is generally performed Monday through Friday.

By contributing or voting you agree to the Terms of Participation and verify you are over 13.