senate Bill S3451

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to prohibiting the use of certain products which obscure license plates

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Feb 01, 2013 referred to transportation

S3451 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง396-a, V & T L

S3451 - Bill Texts

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Relates to prohibiting the use of certain products which obscure license plates.

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BILL NUMBER:S3451

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation
to prohibiting the use of certain products which obscure license plates

Purpose: Prevents drivers from obscuring license plates with the inten-
tion of inhibiting the ability of technology to capture an image of such
license plate.

Summary of Provisions: Section 1 amends the vehicle and traffic law by
adding a new section 396a that reads: No motor vehicle license plate
shall in any way be covered or obscured through the use of any product,
device, or substance which prevents such license plate from being photo-
graphed or has the effect of inhibiting the ability of any technology to
capture the image of such license plate. Section 1 also establishes a
violation as a traffic infraction punishable by a fine of not less than
$100.

Justification: A new market has emerged to obscure images by
traffic/red light cameras used by municipalities to identify lawbreak-
ers. These products include sprays and transparent license plate covers.
A reflective glare is produced along the license plate frame in response
to the flash from the traffic camera, preventing the technology from
capturing the image of the license plate. The entire purpose of these
products is to aid drivers in evading detection during traffic
violations. Additionally, as some bridges, tunnels, and other tolled
roadways shift to EZPASS or license plate identification tolling, this
technology could be used to assist toll evaders.

Prior Legislative History: This is a new bill.

Effective Date: This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after
it shall have become law.

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

                                  3451

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 1, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. STAVISKY -- 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  prohibiting
  the use of certain products which obscure license plates

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

  Section 1. The vehicle and traffic law is  amended  by  adding  a  new
section 396-a to read as follows:
  S  396-A.  PHOTO  OBSCURING  PRODUCTS  PROHIBITED. 1. NO MOTOR VEHICLE
LICENSE PLATE SHALL IN ANY WAY BE COVERED OR OBSCURED THROUGH THE USE OF
ANY PRODUCT, DEVICE OR SUBSTANCE WHICH PREVENTS SUCH LICENSE PLATE  FROM
BEING  PHOTOGRAPHED  OR  HAS THE EFFECT OF INHIBITING THE ABILITY OF ANY
TECHNOLOGY TO CAPTURE THE IMAGE OF SUCH LICENSE PLATE.
  2. A VIOLATION OF THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION  SHALL  CONSTITUTE  A
TRAFFIC  INFRACTION  PUNISHABLE  BY  A FINE OF NOT LESS THAN ONE HUNDRED
DOLLARS.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day  after  it  shall
have become a law.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD08309-01-3

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