senate Bill S2615A

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to updating the fire safety components of school buses

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Jan 29, 2014 print number 2615a
amend and recommit to transportation
Jan 08, 2014 referred to transportation
Jan 23, 2013 referred to transportation

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S2615 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §375, V & T L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S6165

S2615 - Bill Texts

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Relates to updating the fire safety components of school buses; requires the commissioner of transportation to promulgate rules and regulations establishing standards for testing to promote the fire safety of school buses; further requires all plastic components contained in the engine compartment of every school bus manufactured in this state on or after January 1, 2016 to meet V-0 classification when tested in accordance with Underwriters Laboratories standards for safety UL 94.

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BILL NUMBER:S2615

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to updating the fire
safety components of school buses

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this
bill is to update
and modernize school bus equipment standards to improve fire safety.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1. adds a new
subdivision 21-j
to section 375 of the vehicle and traffic law to provide that
occupant seating in school buses meet the fire safety criteria of the
American Society for Testing Materials test E 1537. Additionally, a
new subdivision 21-k is added to section 375 of the vehicle and
traffic law
to provide that all plastic components contained in the engine
compartment of every school bus meet a V-0 classification when tested
in accordance with Underwriters Laboratories standards for safety UL
94.

JUSTIFICATION: This bill updates and modernizes
school bus fire safety
standards for both the seating and the engine compartment to ensure
that students in New York State will continue to travel in the safest
vehicle possible. Moreover, the new testing standards will take
effect in a manner that imposes little or no cost to the school bus
industry.

Federal standard
302 for the flammability of school bus seating
has
not been updated since 1967. Since that time, the "paper bag test",
similar to that embodied in American Society for Testing Materials
test E 1537 has proven to provide more comprehensive protection for
school bus passengers. In fact, several of the largest school bus
manufacturers, and several of the smaller enterprises, already
install seating that meets the testing criteria of ASTM E 1537 and
perform a paper bag test on their own volition. Moreover, NYS DOT
regulations already require this standard for certain school buses
that transport students with disabilities. Federal standard
302
was
intended to prevent the effects of cigarette ignitions in cars
whereas the ASTM E 1531 standard is widely accepted because it more
closely simulates a real fire threat. A fire suppression system that
meets the standard would cause the flame to extinguish or progress at
a much slower rate, giving riders critical
minutes to escape. The standard also does not drive any particular
technology and provides manufacturers with the flexibility to choose
how best to comply.

Plastic engine components often provide as much fuel for engine fires
as liquefied fuels. The purpose of this standard is to ensure that


when the plastic is confronted with a flame, burning stops within 10
seconds on a vertical specimen and no flaming particles drip from the
plastic.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:
The provisions
of the bill do not apply retroactively and do not become effective
until January 1, 2014 to allow the industry time to incorporate these
standards without disruption to current contracts, orders or to the
procurement process. Some manufacturers already incorporate the
standards prescribed by this legislation and would incur no fiscal
implications. For manufacturers that do not currently comply with
either updated safety standard, the fiscal implications are estimated
to be between $32 and $267 per school bus (the average purchase price
of a school bus is $80,000) depending on the type of technology used
to comply.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This legislation takes effect
immediately to allow NYS
DOT the proper time to implement regulations, but the new safety
standards apply only to school buses manufactured for use in New York
State on or after January 1, 2014.

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

                                  2615

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 23, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  YOUNG  -- 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 updating the
  fire safety components of school buses

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

  Section  1.   Section 375 of the vehicle and traffic law is amended by
adding two new subdivisions 21-j and 21-k to read as follows:
  21-J. (A) EVERY SCHOOL BUS MANUFACTURED FOR USE IN THIS  STATE  ON  OR
AFTER JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN SHALL CONTAIN OCCUPANT SEATING
WHICH MEETS THE FIRE SAFETY CRITERIA OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR TESTING
MATERIALS TEST E 1537.
  (B)  THE  COMMISSIONER  OF  TRANSPORTATION  SHALL PROMULGATE RULES AND
REGULATIONS ESTABLISHING STANDARDS FOR TESTING TO PROMOTE THE FIRE SAFE-
TY OF SCHOOL BUSES AND SHALL INCLUDE BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING
REQUIREMENTS:
  1. THAT WHEN THE TEST IS CONDUCTED ON A COMPLETE SEAT ASSEMBLY  INSIDE
A  TEST ROOM OR A SCHOOL BUS THAT THE SEATING WILL FAIL THE REQUIREMENTS
OF PARAGRAPH (A) OF THIS SUBDIVISION IF EITHER THE SEAT ASSEMBLY  EXHIB-
ITS  A  WEIGHT  LOSS  OF  THREE  POUNDS  OR GREATER DURING THE FIRST TEN
MINUTES OF THE TEST OR THE SEAT ASSEMBLY EXHIBITS A HEAT RELEASE RATE OF
EIGHTY KILOWATTS OR GREATER.
  2. THAT ON AND AFTER THE DATE THE FIRE SAFETY STANDARDS TAKE EFFECT IN
ACCORDANCE WITH THIS SUBDIVISION NO SCHOOL BUS SHALL BE SOLD OR  OFFERED
FOR  SALE  IN  THIS  STATE UNLESS THE MANUFACTURER HAS CERTIFIED TO SUCH
COMMISSIONER, IN A FORM ACCEPTABLE TO SUCH COMMISSIONER, THAT  THE  FIRE
SAFETY CRITERIA STANDARDS PRESCRIBED BY THIS SUBDIVISION HAVE BEEN MET.
  21-K.  (A)  ALL PLASTIC COMPONENTS CONTAINED IN THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT
OF EVERY SCHOOL BUS MANUFACTURED FOR USE IN THIS STATE ON OR AFTER JANU-
ARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN SHALL MEET  A  V-0  CLASSIFICATION  WHEN

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD07115-01-3

S. 2615                             2

TESTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH UNDERWRITERS LABORATORIES STANDARDS FOR SAFETY
UL 94.
  (B)  THE  COMMISSIONER  OF  TRANSPORTATION  SHALL PROMULGATE RULES AND
REGULATIONS ESTABLISHING STANDARDS FOR TESTING OF PLASTIC ENGINE  COMPO-
NENTS  AS  REQUIRED  BY PARAGRAPH (A) OF THIS SUBDIVISION TO PROMOTE THE
FIRE SAFETY OF SCHOOL BUSES AND SHALL INCLUDE BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO  THE
FOLLOWING REQUIREMENT: THAT ON AND AFTER THE DATE THE FIRE SAFETY STAND-
ARDS TAKE EFFECT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS SUBDIVISION NO SCHOOL BUS SHALL
BE  SOLD  OR  OFFERED FOR SALE IN THIS STATE UNLESS THE MANUFACTURER HAS
CERTIFIED TO SUCH COMMISSIONER, IN A FORM ACCEPTABLE TO SUCH COMMISSION-
ER, THAT THE FIRE SAFETY CRITERIA STANDARDS PRESCRIBED BY THIS  SUBDIVI-
SION HAVE BEEN MET.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

S2615A (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §375, V & T L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S6165

S2615A (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

view summary

Relates to updating the fire safety components of school buses; requires the commissioner of transportation to promulgate rules and regulations establishing standards for testing to promote the fire safety of school buses; further requires all plastic components contained in the engine compartment of every school bus manufactured in this state on or after January 1, 2016 to meet V-0 classification when tested in accordance with Underwriters Laboratories standards for safety UL 94.

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BILL NUMBER:S2615A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in
relation to updating the fire safety components of school buses

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this bill is to update
and modernize school bus equipment standards to improve fire safety.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1. adds a new subdivision 21-j
to section 375 of the vehicle and traffic law to provide that occupant
seating in school buses meet the fire safety criteria of the American
Society for Testing Materials test E 1537. Additionally, a new
subdivision 21-k is added to section 375 of the vehicle and traffic
law to provide that all plastic components contained in the engine
compartment of every school bus meet a V-O classification when tested
in accordance with Underwriters Laboratories standards for safety UL
94.

JUSTIFICATION: This bill updates and modernizes school bus fire safety
standards for both the seating and the engine compartment to ensure
that students in New York State will continue to travel in the safest
vehicle possible. Moreover, the new testing standards will take effect
in a manner that imposes little or no cost to the school bus industry.

Federal standard #302 for the flammability of school bus seating has
not been updated since 1967. Since that time, the "paper bag test",
similar to that embodied in American Society for Testing Materials
test E 1537 has proven to provide more comprehensive protection for
school bus passengers. In fact, several of the largest school bus
manufacturers, and several of the smaller enterprises, already install
seating that meets the testing criteria of ASTM E 1537 and perform a
paper bag test on their own volition. Moreover, NYS DOT regulations
already require this standard for certain school buses that transport
students with disabilities. Federal standard #302 was intended to
prevent the effects of cigarette ignitions in cars whereas the ASTM
E1531 standard is widely accepted because it more closely simulates a
real fire threat. A fire suppression system that meets the standard
would cause the flame to extinguish or progress at a much slower rate,
giving riders critical minutes to escape. The standard also does not
drive any particular technology and provides manufacturers with the
flexibility to choose how best to comply.

Plastic engine components often provide as much fuel for engine fires
as liquefied fuels. The purpose of this standard is to ensure that
when the plastic is confronted with a flame, burning stops within 10
seconds on a vertical specimen and no flaming particles drip from the
plastic.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: The provisions
of the bill do not apply retroactively and do not become effective
until January 1, 2016 to allow the industry time to incorporate these
standards without disruption to current contracts, orders or to the
procurement process. Some manufacturers already incorporate the
standards prescribed by this legislation and would incur no fiscal
implications. For manufacturers that do not currently comply with


either updated safety standard, the fiscal implications are estimated
to be between $32 and $267 per school bus (the average purchase price
of a school bus is $80,000) depending on the type of technology used
to comply.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This legislation takes effect immediately to allow NYS
DOT the proper time to implement regulations, but the new safety
standards apply only to school buses manufactured for use in New York
State on or after January 1, 2016.

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

                                 2615--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 23, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  YOUNG  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation  --  recom-
  mitted  to  the  Committee on Transportation in accordance with Senate
  Rule  6,  sec.  8  --  committee  discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to updating the
  fire safety components of school buses

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

  Section 1.  Section 375 of the vehicle and traffic law is  amended  by
adding two new subdivisions 21-j and 21-k to read as follows:
  21-J.  (A)  EVERY  SCHOOL BUS MANUFACTURED FOR USE IN THIS STATE ON OR
AFTER JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN SHALL CONTAIN OCCUPANT SEATING
WHICH MEETS THE FIRE SAFETY CRITERIA OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR TESTING
MATERIALS TEST E 1537.
  (B) THE COMMISSIONER OF  TRANSPORTATION  SHALL  PROMULGATE  RULES  AND
REGULATIONS ESTABLISHING STANDARDS FOR TESTING TO PROMOTE THE FIRE SAFE-
TY OF SCHOOL BUSES AND SHALL INCLUDE BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING
REQUIREMENTS:
  1.  THAT WHEN THE TEST IS CONDUCTED ON A COMPLETE SEAT ASSEMBLY INSIDE
A TEST ROOM OR A SCHOOL BUS THAT THE SEATING WILL FAIL THE  REQUIREMENTS
OF  PARAGRAPH (A) OF THIS SUBDIVISION IF EITHER THE SEAT ASSEMBLY EXHIB-
ITS A WEIGHT LOSS OF THREE  POUNDS  OR  GREATER  DURING  THE  FIRST  TEN
MINUTES OF THE TEST OR THE SEAT ASSEMBLY EXHIBITS A HEAT RELEASE RATE OF
EIGHTY KILOWATTS OR GREATER.
  2. THAT ON AND AFTER THE DATE THE FIRE SAFETY STANDARDS TAKE EFFECT IN
ACCORDANCE  WITH THIS SUBDIVISION NO SCHOOL BUS SHALL BE SOLD OR OFFERED
FOR SALE IN THIS STATE UNLESS THE MANUFACTURER  HAS  CERTIFIED  TO  SUCH
COMMISSIONER,  IN  A FORM ACCEPTABLE TO SUCH COMMISSIONER, THAT THE FIRE
SAFETY CRITERIA STANDARDS PRESCRIBED BY THIS SUBDIVISION HAVE BEEN MET.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD07115-02-4

S. 2615--A                          2

  21-K. (A) ALL PLASTIC COMPONENTS CONTAINED IN THE  ENGINE  COMPARTMENT
OF EVERY SCHOOL BUS MANUFACTURED FOR USE IN THIS STATE ON OR AFTER JANU-
ARY  FIRST,  TWO  THOUSAND  SIXTEEN SHALL MEET A V-0 CLASSIFICATION WHEN
TESTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH UNDERWRITERS LABORATORIES STANDARDS FOR SAFETY
UL 94.
  (B)  THE  COMMISSIONER  OF  TRANSPORTATION  SHALL PROMULGATE RULES AND
REGULATIONS ESTABLISHING STANDARDS FOR TESTING OF PLASTIC ENGINE  COMPO-
NENTS  AS  REQUIRED  BY PARAGRAPH (A) OF THIS SUBDIVISION TO PROMOTE THE
FIRE SAFETY OF SCHOOL BUSES AND SHALL INCLUDE BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO  THE
FOLLOWING REQUIREMENT: THAT ON AND AFTER THE DATE THE FIRE SAFETY STAND-
ARDS TAKE EFFECT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS SUBDIVISION NO SCHOOL BUS SHALL
BE  SOLD  OR  OFFERED FOR SALE IN THIS STATE UNLESS THE MANUFACTURER HAS
CERTIFIED TO SUCH COMMISSIONER, IN A FORM ACCEPTABLE TO SUCH COMMISSION-
ER, THAT THE FIRE SAFETY CRITERIA STANDARDS PRESCRIBED BY THIS  SUBDIVI-
SION HAVE BEEN MET.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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